A woman has been sentenced to life in prison after she “forced” a 13-year-old boy to touch her breast. The 34-year-old woman who lives in Nevada, USA, was accused of kissing a friend’s son in 2008, asking him if he would have sex with her and placing his hand on her breast. She denied the charges, saying she was drunk and had not forced him to touch her.

She was convicted of lewdness with a minor under 14 and ordered to serve a life sentence, based on Nevada’s mandatory minimum sentence for this class of crime. Jurors were not allowed to know that she faced a life sentence if convicted. Even the judge appeared aghast at the sentence he handed down, saying he had no choice to impose a life sentence but was not sure why the prosecution was insisting on charges under laws which would attract the minimum sentencing requirement (they could have charged her with a lesser offence). The defence notes that “she is getting a greater penalty for having a boy touch her breast than if she killed him.” Read more…