Q&A: Child Molestation


how can a 25 year old man charged with stat rape of a 15 year old in pittsburgh get a year only when a 14 year old boy charged with molesting his 5 year old cousin was tried and sentenced as an adult in arizona (served 10 years)?


Sentencing statutes vary from state to state. Arizona takes crimes against children very seriously and imposes strict sentencing guidelines. Additionally, no two cases are identical, so it’s difficult to make comparisons based upon one or two factors. A number of other considerations may have contributed to the different sentences such as the strength of the state’s case and or aggravating/mitigating factors.

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