Jailbait

Frank Rodriguez faces a lifetime on Texas’ sex offender registry for having sex with a 16-year-old—who is now his wife. He’s not alone.

But no juvenile offense exists as McColl leans on the lectern before the committee members. About Jackson's bill, he says, "All we're seeking is a jury trial here. Just a jury trial."

Moments later he sits, and Representative Jackson offers his final comment: "I have twin grandchildren--almost 4 years old, a boy and a girl. And I don't ever want my precious granddaughter to be molested. But you know, I don't ever want my precious grandson to be set up unfairly by a system that is both unjust and lacking of common sense."

But a month after Jackson said that, both his and Madden's bills are dead.

Frank and Nikki Rodriguez of Caldwell live a normal life--except that Frank must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. His crime: having sex with Nikki when she was 16 and he was 19. Though the sex was consensual, Texas considers him guilty of felony sexual assault of a child.
Mark Graham
Frank and Nikki Rodriguez of Caldwell live a normal life--except that Frank must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. His crime: having sex with Nikki when she was 16 and he was 19. Though the sex was consensual, Texas considers him guilty of felony sexual assault of a child.
The Rodriguezes have three daughters: Analissa, 4; Francesca, 3; and Layla, 1. When Frank was on probation, he had to move out of his parents' home--because his younger siblings lived there.
Mark Graham
The Rodriguezes have three daughters: Analissa, 4; Francesca, 3; and Layla, 1. When Frank was on probation, he had to move out of his parents' home--because his younger siblings lived there.

Kristina Winkelman may be only 20, but she knows the rules of Texas politics. "It's going to be hard to pass anything because of the fear of being easy on sex offenders.

"Texas," she says, "is tough on crime."

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