ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A 13-year-old girl's sexual shenanigans have put a second man behind bars. Morris Williams, 22, told the judge he thought the girl was 18-years-old, but he found out Tuesday that ignorance is not a defense.
Morris Williams' mother wailed as he went off to jail. The judge asked for media not to show 13-year-old Alisha Dean's face in court, but her pictures are all over her MySpace page and they portray a sexy, 19-year-old divorced woman.
"She told me she had just turned 18," Williams said.
Williams said Dean picked him up on the street and after a few conversations they had sex. When he heard she was not 18, he went to her father.
"He was like 'well, she's 13,'" Williams said of a conversation with Dean's father.
Williams said he never did it again, but Dean has done it before with 24-year-old Darwin Mills. Mills was sentenced to five years in prison.
Dean's father wanted Williams to join Mills there.
"One of the reasons for the law is the fact that minors have poor judgment," said Jerry Dean, the girl's father.
Williams' father believes the jail sentence sends the wrong message to Alisha.
"I guess we just sit back and count how many after this," Henry Smith asked after his step-son was sentenced to jail.
Dean's family admits Alisha still stays out late and has yet to delete her misleading MySpace page.
Williams will serve six years probation with the first year in jail. The other five years he will have to wear an ankle monitor. His attorney says he will come back to court to ask again for a shorter sentence.
So this has happened twice now... how is it the faults of the men again? Williams even went straight to the father after finding this out. He could have just kept quiet and nothing would have ever come from it, but he went to her father and told her what had happened, and now he's in jail. Try and do the right thing in a bad situation and see what happens? What a fantastic message to send.
Yes, I absolutely understand that 13 year olds aren't capable of certain mature decisions thus the reasons for these kinds of laws. But PARENTS are the first line of defense. So this happened once, okay fine. You lock the girl in her room and take away her computer. But then it happens again? And her parents have allowed her page to STILL be online (as you can see, now the 13 year old is only 16 years old, and praying to God in some kind of language that might have once been english to get her through her troubles).
Unless there's something else to this story that's not being reported, I'm having a very hard time with the fact that this guy will now be labeled as a sexual predator for the rest of his life. I can understand if he knew or thought she was underage, that's an entire matter altogether. But he was told she was over 18 and divorced, and I'm sorry but she looks rather mature for 13, so I don't see it as being an amazingly clear cut example of poor judgment.
I'm glad I'm not "out there" anymore. Not that I would even have been in this kind of situation... I'm just saying. I'm so glad this kind of crap isn't even on my radar.