A 27 year old teacher was arrested for having sex with a minor and distributing pictures of the two in the act. Read story here.
Here is the comment I left on the PDN:
I don't see why this is a problem.
Recently a Fr. Luis Camacho was arrested after being caught with a minor girl at a remote beach in Agat. Camacho was eventually charged with "custodial interference", but there are numerous unofficial reports, including a letter from Deacon Steve Martines, the former Sex Abuse Response Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Agana, that the two were having sex. There is also the matter, though also unofficial, that the charge was downgraded because the girl said it was consensual, which obviously can only refer to one thing.
From this news story in the PDN it sounds like the relationship in this case was also consensual otherwise the main charge would be rape or sexual molestation of a minor. However (though child abuse is mentioned), the primary charge is the distribution of child pornography.
But if the sex was consensual, why can't the girl consent to the distribution of pictures of the two having sex? If it was consensual then the two were doing nothing illegal.
Guam lawmakers need to address the double standard. They say it is okay for a 16 year old to consent to have sex with anyone of any age 16 years or older, but it is illegal for her to consent to the dissemination of pictures of her having sex in a perfectly legal sexual relationship.
What's funny is that if either this teacher or Camacho had bought their partners a beer they'd have had the book thrown at them for supplying alcohol to a minor. But sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, or felatio? As long as you're 16 and say it's okay...no problem.