Sex With A Minor: Don't Go There

At the scene of an accident, a police camera captures an unexpected confession.

A fugitive tells a police officer, "We are both wanted by the FBI. We are both considered fugitives."

The man talking to the police officer is 38-year-old softball coach Andrew Garver, who ran off with one of his female players who was just 15-years-old.

He tells the officer, "There's an elderly couple that have an apartment in the back and we rented it under false names."

In another high profile case, Oregon's former Governor Neil Goldschmidt was recently forced to admit he "dated" a 14-year-old in the 1970s when he was 35-years-old and the married mayor of Portland.

Adults accused of having sex with minors don't top the FBI's Most Wanted List, but, as CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports, it's a serious and growing national problem, according to experts.

"It's predatory," says Melissa Schmisek, a counselor with the Sexual Assault Response and Awareness Program. "It's not a fun sort of harmless, 'I didn't know she was 14 or 16.'"

Depending on the circumstances, sex with a minor can be a felony, and society pays a cost as well, when victims develop mental health problems or become teen mothers with no future and no way to support themselves or their babies.

In Virginia, authorities were shocked when a study found that over two years, 219 babies were born to girls who got pregnant at age 13 or 14 by men over 18.

That prompted a novel ad campaign. It's unusual because it talks to the perpetrators, not the minor victims. It's called "Isn't She a Little Young?"

"We need to be talking to men," says Robert Franklin of the Virginia Department of Health. "We need to start talking to the peers of these men … so some guy could look to his friend and say, 'Dude, what are you doing? This is wrong.'"

Virginia is spending $85,000 on its awareness campaign. Nobody knows whether it will prevent cases like Garver's, who now faces up to 30 years in prison if he's convicted. But Virginia health officials hope to drive home a point adults too often ignore: "Sex with a minor. Don't go there."
  • Jaime Holguin

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