Few allegations are more incendiary than sex offenses involving minors. For R. Kelly, a decades-long history of rumors, accusations and quietly settled lawsuits finally came to a head, culminating in serious criminal charges. But before charges were even filed, the R&B singer-songwriter's career - and reputation - were in ruins.
It's been almost a decade since Michael Jackson's death. The King of Pop's legacy has long been shadowed by questions about his close relationships with young boys. And a recent documentary sheds troubling light on the singer's dark side.
Solicitation of a minor to commit an unlawful sex act by a computer or other electronic means is made criminal by N.C. G.S. § 14-202.3. If you are 16 or older and "entice, advise, coerce, order or command" a minor under the age of 16 and who is at least five years younger than you are to meet with you to engage in an unlawful sex act, you can be charged with solicitation of a minor in North Carolina.
Sex crimes committed while a juvenile followed one man to North Carolina all the way from California. Thirty-four-year-old Nigel Garcia was ordered to register as a sex offender after being convicted of sex offenses involving a minor under age 14 when he was himself just a teenager.
As a teen, Jesse Freidman says he was falsely accused of sex crimes and coerced into making a confession. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sex crimes that he did not commit and has been forced to register as a sex offender since his release in 2001.