A north Idaho woman said her son tried to kill himself shortly after being arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The mother said her son also tried to flee the country, but was caught and put behind bars.
In this morning's Lewiston Tribune, the boy's mother, Paula Lewis of Sandpoint, said her son was the victim of Idaho's legal system that brands him as a sexual offender while allowing underage girls, like the 14-year-old Lewis claims seduced her son, to "continue their sexual exploits with impunity."
The Tribune reports that the son was 19 when he was convicted of one count of rape. His mother says Idaho has no degrees of rape, putting her son in the same company as a violent serial rapist. She said her son has found it impossible to live as a registered sex offender and unable to find a job.
At a status review hearing in Latah County last week, the son was sentenced to five years of probation and will not be allowed to be near any parks, schools or areas where children congregate without a chaperone. He is also prohibited from unsupervised access to the Internet.