Printing where this woman lives is irresponsible journalism. This a real person, with a real danger surrounding her. Would you want someone to know where YOU lived if this had happened to your spouse for talking bad about a gang member? I'm glad the story was told, but good grief we need to be more mindful of the fact that this isn't a novel, it's someone's very life.
"Our client is a victim..." Wait a minute, who is the victim? Ask this child's mother, I bet she can clear that up for you. I wonder if because he is a male child, the jury sees this differently. I highly doubt the some kind of similar sexual assault on a female, would get this result.
And is "briefly performed oral sex" the same as "a little bit pregnant"? How long does it have to take place for it to count? This is a serious story, with a child involved. Just because neither the victim nor the perpetrator wanted to admit this fact, does not negate it's validity. He should be in jail, the child should be in counseling.
All churches have hypocrites, but hopefully some decent folks as well. You can't let other people's behavior determine yours, in church or out of it. A relationship with God is One to one. In the end you can't blame other people for your not having a relationship with Him, so you can't really worry about whether THEY are sincere or not. That's up to God. The Baptists (and for the record, I am not one) have a lot of wonderful qualities and it doesn't do any of us any good to slander one another. Christ's last prayer was for unity of the believers. Let's try to focus on what we have in common, rather than what could divide us.
Since most people don't go missing, it would seem logical to me that something must be amiss. Having the laws set up this way is ridiculous for situations like this. This women deserves a more prompt investigation. What if she is being held prisoner somewhere? It happened to Elizabeth Smart and jaycee Dugard so who is to say it didn't happen to her. And if she just left, that needs to be known too, so legally her family would know what to do.
So what she is supposed to do, go home and live under a log because at one time she made a big mistake in her life? People have lapses in judgement all of the time. She did, she paid for it, and now she is making the best of it. She did the crime AND she paid the time. Leave her alone.