“It almost makes you aghast to see how serious this stuff gets,” said John Leunig, a criminal attorney in St.
Louis Park who has defended teens accused of sex crimes.
It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.Attempts to reach Knowlton for comment were unsuccessful. Yang, 19, who is pursuing a law degree at Briar Cliff University in Iowa, said it wasn’t fair for his former friend to be charged with a felony for a consensual, long-term relationship.“The punishment didn’t really fit the crime,” Yang said. 5, 2015: Samuel Benda, now 21, was charged in 2011 with possession of child pornography for having a nude photo of his 17-year-old high school girlfriend on his cellphone, taken on the night of their prom.Benda pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2012. The charge was dismissed in July 2014 after he successfully completed two years of probation.