General — 30 January 2015 — by Albert J. Ciego
At age 15, girls cannot say “yes”

SAN PEDRO, Tues. Jan. 27, 2015–A 21-year-old man of the San Pedrito area of San Pedro, who is the boyfriend of a 15-year-old girl, is presently in police custody pending arraignment at the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a female minor less than 16 years old.

At about 11:30 Saturday morning, the girl and her mother went to police and reported that at about 11:30 Christmas Eve night, her boyfriend, 21 years old, took her to his house in San Pedrito and had sex with her.

She told police that she went of her own free will and admitted that the man was her boyfriend.

On Thursday, January 22, her mother took her to the San Pedro Polyclinic after the girl began feeling ill. There, she was examined by a doctor who confirmed that she was 4 weeks 3 days pregnant.

Police immediately began a search for the boyfriend, who was found in San Pedro yesterday, and he was arrested.

The police remind the public that even if a girl under the age of 16 agrees to engage in sexual intercourse, the crime of carnal knowledge will be applied, which carries a jail term of 8 to 12 years if the accused person is found guilty because a girl who is less than 16 years old cannot consent to the act, since the age of consent is 16.

The San Pedrito man is the third man to be arrested within 24 hours for having sex with underage girls. In Benque Viejo del Carmen, two brothers from Calla Creek were arrested and similarly charged with the offense of unlawful sexual intercourse after they both had sex with a 13-year-old girl in July and September, 2014. The 13-year-old is now 23 weeks pregnant.

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