A 12-year-old boy was caught in the act of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female acquaintance by the victim's 16-year-old brother, who had arrived home and observed the juveniles in the act

Scenario

A 12-year-old boy was caught in the act of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female acquaintance by the victim’s 16-year-old brother, who had arrived home and observed the juveniles in the act. The 12-year-old juvenile suspect, in addition to sexually assaulting the victim, had beaten her with the heel of a shoe that was nearby. The victim was almost unconscious when the police arrived.

Following the incident, the juvenile was arrested and detained by local police on the following charges:

  • Attempted sexual assault of a minor
  • Aggravated assault
  • Minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage
  • Unlawful possession of a controlled substance (marijuana)
  • Truancy for missing school

The juvenile suspect was a latchkey kid (a child who returns from school to an empty home) from a single-parent home. His mother works from 2:00–11:00 p.m. Monday–Friday, so the juvenile is often alone for hours upon his return from school. The juvenile went to the victim’s house instead of going to school as his mother had directed him to do. The juvenile offender missed over 100 days of school in the previous year and has missed 28 days since the start of school three months ago.

After a preliminary examination, the juvenile suspect explained that the victim purchased the marijuana and the alcohol earlier that same day. The juvenile explained that the victim had invited him to her house instead of both juveniles going to school because they had liked each other for a long time. Further, the juvenile explained that the alcohol and drugs were in the home when he arrived. He said that he and the victim began by smoking marijuana and drinking beer before they began kissing and fondling one another. Next, according to the juvenile suspect, they started to have what he described as consensual sex. After a short while they were interrupted by the victim’s brother, who had come home from work. The victim’s brother then called the police to report the incident.

The juvenile had prior detentions for violation of curfew, truancy, and attempted sexual battery. No further explanations are given.

Assignment

Write an essay from the perspective of the police officer, the state’s attorney, and the judge.

Do each of these components of the criminal justice system see the offender as a status offender for any of the charges? Discuss your opinion of the status offender from the perspective of each office. Are the charges viewed by each of the criminal justice components listed below as delinquent or nondelinquent charges?

  • Perspective of the police officer
    • What happens to this juvenile before he even goes to juvenile court?
  • Perspective of the state’s attorney
    • Make suggestions to the court on how the boy should be punished or sentenced.
  • Perspective of the judge
    • Based on the facts of the case and the procedures of the juvenile justice system, what would be the most appropriate finding for the court?

Be sure to cite all references in APA format.

Grading

You will be marked down if you use adult court terminology in your paper. Juvenile court has its own definitions and procedures

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