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Parents to stop minor dating older people

When those laws were created, Minnesota legislators probably didn’t consider the impact of technology and social media, such as cellphones and Facebook, Choi said.

“Of course, she’s under the age of consent, and no matter what it’s not right,” Yang said.

“But it’s not fair to put him in the same category as a predator.” Atkins said he is pursuing more information about the issue.

Benda pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2012. The charge was dismissed in July 2014 after he successfully completed two years of probation.

Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.

A college already rejected his son because of his conviction, he said.

“It just angers me that our society considers him in the same breadth as a pedophile,” said James Benda, of Burnsville.

County attorneys say they consider several factors before prosecuting these cases.

They review the vulnerability of the victim, the relationship of the victim and the accused, whether drugs and alcohol were involved and the feelings of the victim’s parents.

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.

Knowlton pleaded guilty to the charge in March, but the conviction will be wiped from his record if he successfully completes five years of probation.