Well, that's what one of the most liberal papers in the US believes. Statutory-rape laws misused in bullying case - The Boston Globe "More controversial, however, is the route Scheibelâ€™s office is taking to attain some small amount of justice for Prince and her family. As a recent Globe article noted, there are no statutes outlawing bullying, so Scheibel is relying on a mÃ©lange of related laws that deal with stalking, civil-rights matters, and statutory rape. The torment Prince suffered may well involve violations of the stalking and civil-rights laws, though establishing that in court could be difficult, some experts say. These charges were filed against two teenagers who, authorities say, had sexual relations with Prince: Sean Mulveyhill, 17 and Austin Renaud, 18. Renaud doesnâ€™t face any related charges. That suggests a lack of evidence that he was involved in the bullying. He is being charged only for having sex with Prince. In neither defendantâ€™s case are authorities suggesting that the sex was forcible. But in the real world, teenagers frequently have consensual sex with other teenagers. That fact may be worrisome to parents, but the existing law raises a simple question: Should a 17-year-old face the possibility of jail time â€” and of being publicly branded as a sex offender â€” for having sex with a 15-year-old classmate? Apply the situation to your own town: Would you be comfortable if an otherwise sterling junior was thrown in jail for having sex with an otherwise sterling freshman? "