A man will serve two months in jail for having inappropriate relations with a girl 29 years his junior.
The man, Michael Lynn Cass, 44, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 60 days of a two-year sentence for aggravated statutory rape and contributing to the unruly behavior of a juvenile. In addition to his jail time, Cass will be required to list himself with the state’s sexual offender registry. The registry tracks sex offenders in the state of Tennessee. The online registry is available to the public through the TBI website.
Cass faces the punishment after he confessed to having sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl. Officers who charged him reported Cass referred to the teen as his girlfriend during questioning.
It is against the law for a person over the age of 18 to have sexual relations with a juvenile unless their ages are four or less years apart. Thus, a 20-year-old can legally date a 16-year-old.
The charge of statutory rape is brought in cases where the illegal contact is believed to be consensual, meaning without force or coercion.