Daily Archives: Monday, 15-Oct-2001

This article has me scratching my head about some state’s laws. Utah, on the one hand, seems to understand that young folks often find themselves with birthdays causing a young couple to be in violation of pedophilia laws. Utah allows 16 year old to have consensual sex with a partner no more than four years older than themselves without running afoul of the sex with a minor laws. However, on the other hand, they have these sodomy laws that make it illegal for unmarried couples to perform consensual, oral sex on each other. That’s the law that 19 year-old Derrick Sunquist ran afoul of with his 16 year-old girl friend.

Now, from a legal standpoint, the article is interesting in and of itself but for me the real kicker was this quote:

Sundquist was charged after the girl told police about the consensual sex in American Fork, 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Did this fact just come up in conversation with some police officers? Did the girl start worrying about her reputation after the fact and decide to report it to salve her conscience? Under exactly what circumstances did this revelation occur? That is what I want to know.