He was then legally compelled to register as a sex offender.
At age 17, Anthony Croce began having sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend; when he turned 18, the girl’s disapproving mother pressed charges and Croce pleads no contest.
is one of the most compelling romances of all time.
But detailed psychological profiling shows that finding love with Titania – rather than Juliet – could have prevented Romeo from meeting his untimely end.
The new laws, named “Romeo and Juliet laws” after Shakespeare’s tragic teenage lovers, attempt to correct overly harsh penalties and prison terms meted out over the years.
In 2007, these laws went into effect in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, and Texas.
An older teen who has sex with his younger girlfriend can be arrested, prosecuted, and jailed for the act.