The generic age of consent is 16 in Michigan, as it is in many other jurisdictions. Consensual sex between “minors” of 16 and 17 and adults not in positions of authority over them is legal -even, apparently, for recidivist criminals who’ve been convicted of violent and other mala in se felonies but have never been convicted of a sexual offense, felony or misdemeanor. So, apparently, untold myriads of brutes and savages with histories of crime and violence beginning at age 12 or 13 or 14 and 10-20 or more felony convictions, even for murder, but who’ve never been convicted of a sexual offense albeit most of them have raped and gang-raped men in jails and prison and/or women and adolescent girls in the free world, are free to have sex hundreds of times with dozens of 16-year-old girls in the state in which Abigail Simon was sentenced to 8-25 years in prison and a lifetime of draconian/Orwellian persecution.

If her “victim” had been 16 rather than 15, possibly just a few months or even weeks older, and she had not been his tutor or a tutor at another school who was not in a position of authority over him, theoretically as opposed to factually, their affair (assuming he didn’t rape and terrorize her) would have been legal under Michigan law. And there is nothing his parents or anyone could have done, legally, to end it.

Also, he was 17 when she was convicted at trial of three counts of “first-degree criminal sexual conduct” and one count of “enticing a minor for immoral purposes.” If she had been acquitted, declared “not guilty” on all counts, they would have been free to hug and kiss in the courtroom, before the judge and jury and police and prosecutors, and his parents, and walk out the door and onto the street, possibly to check into a hotel to have sex in celebration.