Sex Criminal At Age 6
This country has gone totally crackers. A family was battling sexual-assault charges against their 6-year-old who apparently brushed his best friend's leg or groin while playing tag. From CBS/SF, quoting the child's parent, who asked to be identified only as "Oswin":
Oswin said his child was kept in the principal's office for two hours until he confessed. He was suspended, and a sexual battery charge was placed on his permanent school record.
...Legally, there's no such thing as sexual assault for a six year-old in California.
It wasn't until Oswin and his wife got a lawyer that the school backed off. District officials declined to discuss specifics. They did confirm that an investigation was conducted, and that the child could not be charged with sexual battery. The claim was removed from the boy's record.
Oswin's son is attending another school now. He said he only hopes no one else will have to go through what his family did.
But they will. I typically blog several of these cases a month these days -- sexual assault charges or "weapons" charges for some kid whose granny put a paring knife in her lunch bag to cut her apple.