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Chatham teen faces child sex charges

Posted June 2, 2011

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— A 19-year-old from Siler City faces three counts of child sex charges, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office.

Wesley Lee, of 320 W. 11th St., was charged Wednesday with first-degree sex offense involving a child, taking indecent liberties with a child and disseminating obscenity to a minor. Details of the circumstances that led to the charges weren't released.

Lee was placed in the Chatham County jail under a $150,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was set for July 11.

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 2, 2011

    "Statutory rape doesn't apply to a 12 year old since they are too young to say yes anyway."

    Actually, that's precisely why they call it statutory rape. The underage victim is not legally old enough to give consent, so even if they "say" yes, it's still considered (statutory) rape.

  • princessanna33 Jun 2, 2011

    This story regarding the 19 year old charged with taking indecent liberties with a child from Siler City is only stating facts regarding the teens most recent arrest. These charges are in addition to six others that the teen was charged with in this same case, a few months earlier; February to be exact. As someone has already stated, the victim is under the age of 8 years old.

  • kikinc Jun 2, 2011

    Statutory rape doesn't apply to a 12 year old since they are too young to say yes anyway.

  • brayden314 Jun 2, 2011

    This child is younger than 8 years old. people don't need to comment unless they know what they are taking about.

  • mulecitybabe Jun 2, 2011

    All this yada yada yada could have been avoided if the facts had been published in the story. I think wral could have gotten at least a rough age range of the victim if they had sent in an investigative reporter (somebody who could form the simple question "How old was the victim?")

    Try again, wral.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 2, 2011

    "If you read any general statute involving minors or children, the offender must be at least five years (not four years, 364 days) older than the victim. That means 19/15 is legal. It may not be right, but it is legal."

    I may be wrong about this, but I thought that four year "window" was a part of the law, but the minimum age was still 16. So 16-20 would be legal, as would 17-21. But 15 was too young for anyone, including those between the ages of 16 and 19.

    I was told this by a police officer I was friends with at least 15 years ago after I made a reference to 18 being the legal age of consent. He said, "well actually, it's as low as 16 in this state as long as you're within four years of her age." It shocked me, so it stuck with me. Maybe the law has been amended since then. Or maybe he was just wrong about it.

  • tarheels5 Jun 2, 2011

    Again the victim here is not a teenager , nor a girlfriend.....but a child under the age of 10. Just pray please for those involved!!

  • kikinc Jun 2, 2011

    § 14‑27.7A. Statutory rape or sexual offense of person who is 13, 14, or 15 years old.

    (a) A defendant is guilty of a Class B1 felony if the defendant engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with another person who is 13, 14, or 15 years old and the defendant is at least six years older than the person, except when the defendant is lawfully married to the person.

    (b) A defendant is guilty of a Class C felony if the defendant engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with another person who is 13, 14, or 15 years old and the defendant is more than four but less than six years older than the person, except when the defendant is lawfully married to the person. (1995, c. 281, s. 1.)

    This is how the law is written. Yes, a 15 year old can consent. And yes, a 13 year old can be married. I get shivers just thinking about that.

  • cb81 Jun 2, 2011

    What ever happened to innocent till proven guilty? Everyone is trying to punish this kid already without knowing all the facts. What if someones parent is just mad at the boy for dating their daughter?

    kikinc-Do the math your own statement says the victim could be between 12 and 15. A difference of 4-8 years is not that bad especially once you reach 20.

  • realitycheckpirate Jun 2, 2011

    "The law states that a 15 year old cannot legally consent to sex. Their minds are not mature enough to make that decision, so anyone under 16 is off limits, even to those who are within 2-3 years of them in age."
    -TruthBKnown Returns
    Actually, they can and do legally every day. If you read any general statute involving minors or children, the offender must be at least five years (not four years, 364 days) older than the victim. That means 19/15 is legal.
    It may not be right, but it is legal.

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