David Bogdanov was sentenced Thursday to 19 years in prison in the murder of Nikki Kuhnhausen, a 17-year-old transgender teenager who went missing in 2019. Her body was later found on Larch Mountain.
Undoubtedly, some of the juveniles on the list are guilty of violent sexual crimes. The grassroots movement is trying to help a different group of people: high school students who get labeled as sex offenders for teenage sexual behavior that can be technically criminal, but which, activists argue, should fall into a different category. Under the current system, kids' futures are being ruined, says William C. Buhl, a recently retired Michigan circuit judge who became an activist after overseeing 12 convictions of teenagers for consensual sex. Says Buhl, \"What we have done, to young men, mostly, is destroy their lives, for somewhat common behavior.\"
After spending the night in jail as a teen, Frank met with his court-appointed attorney, Mary Hennessy. Says Frank, \"She told me: You could do two to 20 years if you go to trial. I was like, 'What'\" The attorney advised Frank to plead guilty, meaning he would get seven years' probation. He followed her advice.
Some grassroots groups are controversial, as they're lobbying to ease restrictions on all sex offenders, violent or not. But many groups are formed by mothers of high school lovers. Tonia Maloney, who runs Illinois Voices, says her group includes at least 75 mothers of sons on the registry for consensual teenage sex. Francie Baldino, who runs Michigan Citizens for Justice, says her group has around 30 mothers in the same situation. Both women became activists when their own teenage sons were arrested after having consensual sex.
Carpenter, who has managed to free 11 teenagers (all convicted of sexual offenses involving minors) from the registry, now serves on a professional advisory board for the Coalition for a Useful Registry, a grassroots group launched by two Michigan mothers. She estimates that the group includes 150 mothers of sons on the registry for teenage sex. Some of the boys, she says, can now petition for removal from the registry under the state's new legislation.
Remember when you were convinced that life would be easier when your baby slept all night When school would be easier when your child found some friends or they stopped slamming the door and rolling their eyes. For some families, it doesn't get easier. It gets harder, a lot harder. As those cute babies grow up to be teens, making their own choices and taking their directions, most will succeed with minor speed humps, heartbreaks, and infractions. You know the teen in Year 10 who gets busted skipping school, the 17-year-old who comes home drunk from a sleepover,\" or the 16-year-old whose heart has been broken and is committed to spending the rest of their life in their room. 59ce067264