Apparently ignorance is a crime in the United States.
A 22-year-old Florida man saw a picture of a female wearing a halter top and blue jean shorts on her MySpace page. Her profile proclaimed her to be a 19-year-old divorced woman.
The man then met the "woman" and they had sex. It was only after that she revealed to him that she was just 13-years-old.
Now here's the evidence of no criminal intent. The man then went to the girl's father to tell him what she had done. And was subsequently arrested. Charged. And convicted.
Here's the kicker. He's the second man to be convicted for raping this girl. A 24-year-old man who previously had sex with her was sentenced to five years behind bars.
Now, none of us would condone a 22-year-old man having sex with a 13-year-old girl. But this is not the same as an adult man chatting with a police detective masquerading as an underage girl on the Internet and then showing up for sex. This is, actually, quite the opposite.
One wonders whether the authorities are taking notice of the parents of this child. Raped once by a 24-year-old man, she still puts herself out there on the Internet as a 19-year-old woman. And the life of an unsuspecting 22-year-old man, who then did the right thing by going to her father, is ruined.