Rotten Reporting: Fox Carolina Says Roman Harkens “Had Sex With Teen Girl”

By which they mean he molested a 13-year-old student of his. Again we see the local news media going out of their way to minimize an adult sexually abusing a child. The accused here is 25 and authorities are charging that while working as a piano teacher he began molesting a girl when she was 13. By writing up the bland title Deputies: Piano teacher had sex with teen girl they implication is two fold. One is that it’s not a big deal and is not related to child molestation at all. The second implication is that we as a society should lump in molesting a 13-year-old with having sex with a 17-year-old, or a 19-year-old. It’s an attempt to blur the lines between sexual exploitation of young yet legal adults with molesting children. The title also implies that there was some sort of consensual relationship but CHILDREN CANNOT CONSENT TO SEX.

From Fox Carolina:

Greenville County deputies arrested and charged Roman Harkins, 25, of Easley with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 11 and 14 years old on Wednesday.

Harkins was a member of New Life Baptist Church where he provided private piano lessons, deputies said.

According to investigators, the assault took place during a lesson at the church, which is located at 2690 W. Blue Ridge Dr. in Greenville.

Harkins was 23 years old and the girl was 13 years old when the incident occurred, deputies said.

Sounds like a better title would have been Man Accused of Molesting Piano Student. But that would do what the media hates doing – imply we are a country of laws and morals.

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