I'm in Georgia, a state where "reasonable mistake of age" is not a defense - basically despite the fact that she lied (and admitted to lying) about her age is not a defense to the criminal charges. I've been sentenced to a felony: statutory rape. As a result of this, I'll be imprisoned for three months, and then I'll be a registered felon for 10 years, which is the length of my probation. I qualified for First Offenders, which means that after my probation is up the felony will be removed from my records.
Ten years is a long time. Not to mention that I've spent over $10,000 in legal fees and fines, and will spend another $10,000 in fines before this is all over. I'll have to spend time in a detention center, my entire community regards me as a pariah, I've been kicked out of my church and lost my job - and all of this because I beleived the girl I was dating when she said she was 16. I was only 19 at the time, and I'll be well into my thirties before I can put this all behind me.
I would like to know if there are any civil remedies to this problem. I am not out looking for "revenge" however I do feel that if I have to pay for this mistake, perhaps I shouldn't bear the burden alone. This young woman's dishonesty is what caused the crime to occur in the first place.
Thank you for any help.