Once the conditions are satisfied, a judge will clear the defendant of the charges and dismiss the case.While Benda does not have a criminal record in Minnesota, the charges still show up in public records. In a hotel room two years ago after prom, Samuel J.

In Minnesota, adults and juveniles convicted of felony criminal sexual conduct or child-pornography possession must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Those who register must tell authorities where they live, work and go to school and what vehicle they drive.

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.

While researching his friend’s case, Yang discovered that other states had adopted Romeo and Juliet laws to lessen the penalties for young adults convicted of such crimes, and he asked state Rep.

Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, to support that here.

“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.

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.