A bipartisan proposal creates an exemption to Wisconsin's sex offender registry for teenagers ages 15 to 18 who are convicted after having consensual sex.
State law makes it a crime for two people under the age of 18 to have sexual contact, regardless of consent. Republican Rep. Joel Kleefisch and Democratic Rep. Fred Kessler have written legislation that creates a new crime of "underage sexual activity" and lowers the offense from a felony to a misdemeanor. Other states have labeled it the "Romeo and Juliet" exemption.
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