As a judge in New Jersey, Hoffman said he presided over both child sex abuse cases and death penalty cases. But in May, she told police, they started having sex. During that time, Cunningham enticed the minor victim to send him sexually explicit images of herself, and attempted to lure her to travel to Connecticut. In , he was convicted in Illinois of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor and was sentenced to five years in prison and two years of mandatory supervised release. Similarly two young people under the age of consent each can be charged with statutory rape for having sex with one another if a state law has no exceptions for sex or sexual contact between two young people. ET May 19, Updated 1: He earned his pilot's license at the age of The MeToo era had begun just six months earlier. Before the midterm election in Utah, there were calls to remove Judge Christine Johnson over her sentencing of sex offenders, including her month probation sentence for a Boy Scout leader who pleaded guilty to abusing a year-old boy. Stephen Bradley Mell. He is also to provide DNA and is prohibited from possessing any firearms, ammunition or explosives. He was coach of the hockey team for more than a decade at the Essex Hunt Club in Peapack-Gladstone, an organization better known for its fox hunts. This prosecution is part of the U. If the offense occurred in a consenting, ongoing relationship between young people close in age, the judge may have the option and willingness to be more lenient. Before he was appointed to the bench in , the judge was an assistant state public defender, helping incarcerated people appeal their prison sentences. This story has been edited since its original version. Statutory Rape Statutory Rape Laws and Charges A person who has sex with someone under the "age of consent" can face a variety of criminal charges depending on the state.