Iowa dating laws
Attempts to reach Knowlton for comment were unsuccessful. Yang, 19, who is pursuing a law degree at Briar Cliff University in Iowa, said it wasn’t fair for his former friend to be charged with a felony for a consensual, long-term relationship.“The punishment didn’t really fit the crime,” Yang said.Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.What seems like a high school romance can lead to a felony conviction and having to register as a sexual offender.
The relationship started months earlier when he was 17.While researching his friend’s case, Yang discovered that other states had adopted Romeo and Juliet laws to lessen the penalties for young adults convicted of such crimes, and he asked state Rep.Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, to support that here.The girl told police she and Knowlton had sex up to 10 times during the summer, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.
The girl also said she specifically recalled having sex with Knowlton on July 20 — three days after his 18th birthday.A college already rejected his son because of his conviction, he said.