Florida State University Football Player Gets Probation

Marcello Church, a football player for FSU, was arrested and charged with sex with a minor. The alleged victim had wrote a succinct and heart-felt letter which lawyers say impacted the sentencing of Church in a lenient fashion. The two page letter claimed that she “wasn’t a victim by any definition and she in fact was the ‘aggressor.’ ” The victim in this case was seventeen at the date of the incident, qualifying for sex with a minor given Church’s age.

Florida Statute 794.05 defines “unlawful sexual activity with certain minors” as:

(1) A person 24 years of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. As used in this section, “sexual activity” means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose.


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