Statutory rape victim forced to pay child support, medical bills
PHOENIX, Ariz. (The Republic) – A man who became a father at 14-years-old says he is now paying the price for a crime against him.
Nick Olivas had sex with a 20-year-old woman when he was just 14-years-old.
According to The Republic, he says she took advantage of a lonely kid going through rough times at home.
State law says a child younger than 15-years-old cannot consent to have sexual relations under any circumstance, which makes Olivas a statutory rape victim.
However, Olivas didn’t press charges and didn’t realize that mistake would have a lasting effect.
Two years ago, Olivas was served with papers demanding child support, claiming he is the father of a 6-year-old little girl.
He says he now owes about $15,000 in back child support and medical bills stemming from the child’s birth, plus 10 percent interest.
The state seized money from his bank account and is garnishing his wages each month.
He says he doesn’t think it is fair that he is being charged fees incurred when he was still a child and for the years he didn’t know the girl existed.
In similar cases, judges have ruled that the child support is going to the child, not the alleged rapist.
Therefore, the nature of the crime is irrelevant unless the parent has been found guilty of sexual assault.