Double Standard? Sex Crimes, Men And Women

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 4, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2011 at 5:28 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Do jurors treat women linked to sex crimes with a minor differently than they would a man accused of the same offense?

A former prosecutor from our area thinks so.

It's a timely subject, considering what happened in an Allen County courtroom this week.

A jury had to wrestle with the idea of convicting a 29-year old woman, who was accused of having sex multiple times with a 15-year old boy.

That panel couldn't arrive at a verdict for Kristi Metzger.

After hours of deliberation, on Wednesday night, the case ended in a hung jury.

There was no real physical evidence, but the boy said some of the sexual encounters happened in her home, with her husband and children in another room.

Dan Sigler was a long-time prosecutor in Adams County.

He believes jurors don't view a woman having sex with a boy the same as they do a man having sex with a teen-aged girl.

Dan Sigler/Former Adams Co. Prosecutor: " A societal more has always been, young women need to be protected, young men are bold and adventuresome and go out there and do as they choose, and I think that, to some degree, that probably plays into the psychology of these kind of cases."

There's a hearing scheduled for November 7th, in which we should find out if the prosecution will re-try the case.

Sigler says it's often easier to get a conviction the second time around, because the state already knows the defense team's strategy.

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