March 24, 2006

Peter Landesman, call your agent

Of the many weird aspects to the story of Tanya Nicole Kach, the young woman who (we're led to believe) spent 10 years in psychological captivity to the man who seduced her at age 14, somehow I fixated on the detail that one of the charges against Thomas Hose is "involuntary deviate sexual intercourse." I mean, I understand why doing it up the butt is deviate, but can you commit that crime involuntarily? Did he, like, slip?

No, it turns out that unlike, say, involuntary manslaughter, the modifier in this case refers to the victim's participation in the act. According to Pennsylvania penal code, deviate sexual intercourse is defined as "Sexual intercourse per os or per anus between human beings and any form of sexual intercourse with an animal. The term also includes penetration, however slight, of the genitals or anus of another person with a foreign object for any purpose other than good faith medical, hygienic or law enforcement procedures." The law against voluntary deviate sexual intercourse has been repealed (so you won't have to use your "but I'm a doctor" defense), but seven criteria can render DSI involuntary, including a victim "who is less than 16 years of age and the person [charged] is four or more years older."

I learned all this from ageofconsent.com. Oh, great. Now I'll have to go and choose a whole new domain name for my Huckapoo fan site.

Posted by Daniel Radosh

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