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Your 18-year-old son is dating a 16-year-old female classmate – no big deal, right?

Romeo and Juliet Laws Yes, even star-crossed young lovers can be prosecuted under Georgia's statutory rape law.In an interview after his release, Dixon told The Oprah Show, “Freedom is great.It’s unbelievable that I’m finally home after 14 months.She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.However, because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law.Commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet" laws, if the victim is between 14-16 years old and the defendant is 18 years years old or no more than four years older than the victim, he or she will only face misdemeanor charges.

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