GEORGIA MAN FREED IN SEX CASE

Newsday

Lawmakers across the country are doling out tougher punishments for sex offenders – fromsatellite tracking to the death penalty – but a handful of states are starting to ease up onpenalties in cases of youths arrested for sex. Laws enacted this year in Connecticut, Florida,Indiana and Texas, and a bill waiting for the governor’s approval in Illinois, try to draw clearerdistinctions between sexual predators and adolescents who pose less of a risk, such as those caughtin the so-called Romeo and Juliet relationships. Even when adolescents are only a few yearsapart,