Grady Judd Makes It A Crime For a Senior To Date A Freshman or a Sophomore

01142 First baseThis is the most appalling thing I’ve read in The Ledger in a long time. Some busybody sheriff’s deputy decided to get his jollies off and arrest two Lakeland High students and baseball players — including one with a bright, bright professional future — as they made out with their dates in a truck on some lovers lane. Not even sex, mind you. Just the tacky, fraught saliva-swapping and butt-rubbing that 95 percent of teenagers muddle through on their way to the big dance.

Each kid, both of whom happen to be 18, faces a charge of lewd battery. Give me an effing break. Maybe using “effing” will make me a sex offender, too. Assuming The Ledger’s report is accurate, Grady, quite frankly, you’ve just wrecked two kids lives – and traumatized the girls – for nothing. Nothing. You are not Polk County’s daddy. Use some common sense.

Look, when I was an 18-year-old high school senior, I went to prom with a 15-year-old sophomore girl who I met in my Latin class. (That’s where all the hot nerd action happened.) I danced with her, which required us to touch. I even kissed her, right there her in her taffeta. If only the Putnam sheriff’s office had been there to cuff my ass and haul me off to jail, just think of all the teen pregnancies we could have stopped through the force of deterrence. I became such a pervert that I’ve been happily married for 14 years and even managed to raise kids and hold down a job consistently without downloading porn. The girl, who I dated for five years, all through college, is now a well-adjusted, happily married lawyer and mother.

This makes me angrier and angrier the more I type.

At the very least, Lakeland High Principal Tracy Collins needs to start warning seniors every year that holding hands with a sophomore girlfriend at a movie is potentially a crime, in a world where the Polk sheriff’s office uses such hideous judgement and so abuses its power and discretion. It is hard enough to be a teenager without Polk’s wannabe daddy making it a crime.

Free, exonerate, and apologize to the Lakeland2. Now.

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42 thoughts on “Grady Judd Makes It A Crime For a Senior To Date A Freshman or a Sophomore

  1. Is this the Florida statute they were charged under?

    (4) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY.–A person who:

    (a) Engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age; or

    (b) Encourages, forces, or entices any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity

    commits lewd or lascivious battery, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

  2. Is this the Florida statute they were charged under?

    (4) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BATTERY.–A person who:

    (a) Engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16 years of age; or

    (b) Encourages, forces, or entices any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity

    commits lewd or lascivious battery, a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

  3. I couldn’t agree more. This by far is the stupidest thing that I have ever read about. These kids are still in high school for crying out load. Kicking them off the baseball team???? Give me a BREAK!!!! reinstate them both and drop the charges..These are KIDS BEING KIDS!!!! I guess I will have to have a talk with my son when he becomes a senior next year…WHAT A JOKE!!!

  4. I couldn’t agree more. This by far is the stupidest thing that I have ever read about. These kids are still in high school for crying out load. Kicking them off the baseball team???? Give me a BREAK!!!! reinstate them both and drop the charges..These are KIDS BEING KIDS!!!! I guess I will have to have a talk with my son when he becomes a senior next year…WHAT A JOKE!!!

  5. You do realize that a grown man had his hand inside a 14 year old girl…right?

  6. You do realize that a grown man had his hand inside a 14 year old girl…right?

  7. Thank you Billy Townsend. What you said was awesome! I dont see how G Judd sleeps at night! Shame on him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Thank you Billy Townsend. What you said was awesome! I dont see how G Judd sleeps at night! Shame on him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. No. “Sexual activity” means, basically, penetration. They were (probably) charged with:

    800.04 Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age…

    5) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION.–

    (a) A person who intentionally touches in a lewd or lascivious manner the breasts, genitals, genital area, or buttocks, or the clothing covering them, of a person less than 16 years of age, or forces or entices a person under 16 years of age to so touch the perpetrator, commits lewd or lascivious molestation.

  10. No. “Sexual activity” means, basically, penetration. They were (probably) charged with:

    800.04 Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age…

    5) LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS MOLESTATION.–

    (a) A person who intentionally touches in a lewd or lascivious manner the breasts, genitals, genital area, or buttocks, or the clothing covering them, of a person less than 16 years of age, or forces or entices a person under 16 years of age to so touch the perpetrator, commits lewd or lascivious molestation.

  11. So, you’re saying it would be O.K. for your 15 yr. old to be making out(having sex if not stopped) with an 18 yr. old? We all know where that leads!!! That’s like letting your 10 yr. old go with a 13 yr. old, it does happen. My daughter is a nurse & she sees these babies having babies. Isn’t it better safe than sorry? As parents & law officers, aren’t we suppose to protect our teens. You haven’t reported how many do go on to get pregnant or a disease, which is even more common. You sound like you’re still 18 & with no Godly morals. My husband is a teacher & Middle/High school students, in most schools, can kiss/touch in the halls. Some are even having sex in the bathrooms & on the dance floor. So, most principals don’t care & should be fired. I have a 15 yr. old & she has made mistakes starting from 6th grade because she was being seduced even on the bus & older boys getting younger girls to skip school(one of her friends at 13 did get pregnant). She didn’t skip because her dad is a teacher & she was scared to. Now I homeschool since the schools aren’t safe. Girls can get V.D. & not know it for years & then when you want a family, you’re sterile. It’s guys like you that make people write songs like “Cleaning This Gun”. HOORAY FOR P.C.S.D.!!!!!

  12. So, you’re saying it would be O.K. for your 15 yr. old to be making out(having sex if not stopped) with an 18 yr. old? We all know where that leads!!! That’s like letting your 10 yr. old go with a 13 yr. old, it does happen. My daughter is a nurse & she sees these babies having babies. Isn’t it better safe than sorry? As parents & law officers, aren’t we suppose to protect our teens. You haven’t reported how many do go on to get pregnant or a disease, which is even more common. You sound like you’re still 18 & with no Godly morals. My husband is a teacher & Middle/High school students, in most schools, can kiss/touch in the halls. Some are even having sex in the bathrooms & on the dance floor. So, most principals don’t care & should be fired. I have a 15 yr. old & she has made mistakes starting from 6th grade because she was being seduced even on the bus & older boys getting younger girls to skip school(one of her friends at 13 did get pregnant). She didn’t skip because her dad is a teacher & she was scared to. Now I homeschool since the schools aren’t safe. Girls can get V.D. & not know it for years & then when you want a family, you’re sterile. It’s guys like you that make people write songs like “Cleaning This Gun”. HOORAY FOR P.C.S.D.!!!!!

  13. Lay of the kids ass clown, and start putting teachers away for sex crimes like you do men………………………….

  14. Lay of the kids ass clown, and start putting teachers away for sex crimes like you do men………………………….

  15. Well here is my point of view.Im 19 an now days the younger girls are after the older guys.Not all teens are after sex.If the girl parents let them date the person they are with then the have to have some sort of trust in there daughter an her bf.But if Grady was to come up with a reson like that to mess up a teens life then why dosnt he go out an catch the drug dealers an the ones buying it.I watch people saling drugs in front of my house an there is three cops that kas kids living around here.I think its one of the most stupidest things that he going to try to do this to those boy/girls.I guss he dosnt remember what all he did when he was a kid.

  16. Well here is my point of view.Im 19 an now days the younger girls are after the older guys.Not all teens are after sex.If the girl parents let them date the person they are with then the have to have some sort of trust in there daughter an her bf.But if Grady was to come up with a reson like that to mess up a teens life then why dosnt he go out an catch the drug dealers an the ones buying it.I watch people saling drugs in front of my house an there is three cops that kas kids living around here.I think its one of the most stupidest things that he going to try to do this to those boy/girls.I guss he dosnt remember what all he did when he was a kid.

  17. From wat my parents has told me about the things they did when they were kids i know he had to do some of te same things.Hes nt as inacent as everyone puts him as this is jus a load of crock!!

  18. From wat my parents has told me about the things they did when they were kids i know he had to do some of te same things.Hes nt as inacent as everyone puts him as this is jus a load of crock!!

  19. All this proves is that we need to rewrite our statutes in clearer terms. Example:

    “Those who get to first base shall be reprimanded.”

    “Those who try to steal second will have the book thrown at them.”

    I’m not even going to mention anything after that, I think I’ve made my point.

  20. All this proves is that we need to rewrite our statutes in clearer terms. Example:

    “Those who get to first base shall be reprimanded.”

    “Those who try to steal second will have the book thrown at them.”

    I’m not even going to mention anything after that, I think I’ve made my point.

  21. Billy, you left out important questions: Why was this reported? If you give me a good response, then why was this reported four days late and why was it B1 news?

  22. Billy, you left out important questions: Why was this reported? If you give me a good response, then why was this reported four days late and why was it B1 news?

  23. Yeah, I’m with Billy on this. To think that it’s okay to give someone a criminal record for consensual sexual activity, whether it’s groping in a car or whatever else teens have done for millenia, is preposterous.

    Chuck seems to think it’s a criminal matter simply because it’s reported in the paper and the charge is a certain charge, but I don’t see how that wholly applies. We know the charge could be an overcharge to make it seem worse, then could be lessened through the court process, and the paper wants to sell papers, and sex crimes sell. Titillating. *titter* (yes, those are real words, look ’em up)

    Michelle Conner made some foolish points like equating the incident with younger children having consensual sex and accusing Billy of not having any “Godly morals”. Remind me, again, of that “be fruitful and multiply except under the age of 18” passage in the Bible? God is not as moral as you believe.

    Fact is, “Six-Gun” Grady Judd has been acting like Polk’s daddy for a long time now, and I fear it’s the only way he knows how to do his job. The people of Polk seem to like their daddy acting this way, though, forgetting that he’s not only helping Polk county stay safe, but destroying real people and real lives in the process of creating this ever-elusive safety. I don’t blame Grady exclusively, I put most of the blame on the people who elect authoritarian figures in the guise of benevolent leaders.

    This whole incident should be a non-issue. The deputy should’ve told the kids to stop snogging in the car (no one else wants to see your “O” face) and move along. Done.

  24. Yeah, I’m with Billy on this. To think that it’s okay to give someone a criminal record for consensual sexual activity, whether it’s groping in a car or whatever else teens have done for millenia, is preposterous.

    Chuck seems to think it’s a criminal matter simply because it’s reported in the paper and the charge is a certain charge, but I don’t see how that wholly applies. We know the charge could be an overcharge to make it seem worse, then could be lessened through the court process, and the paper wants to sell papers, and sex crimes sell. Titillating. *titter* (yes, those are real words, look ’em up)

    Michelle Conner made some foolish points like equating the incident with younger children having consensual sex and accusing Billy of not having any “Godly morals”. Remind me, again, of that “be fruitful and multiply except under the age of 18” passage in the Bible? God is not as moral as you believe.

    Fact is, “Six-Gun” Grady Judd has been acting like Polk’s daddy for a long time now, and I fear it’s the only way he knows how to do his job. The people of Polk seem to like their daddy acting this way, though, forgetting that he’s not only helping Polk county stay safe, but destroying real people and real lives in the process of creating this ever-elusive safety. I don’t blame Grady exclusively, I put most of the blame on the people who elect authoritarian figures in the guise of benevolent leaders.

    This whole incident should be a non-issue. The deputy should’ve told the kids to stop snogging in the car (no one else wants to see your “O” face) and move along. Done.

  25. I find it scary that you people are defending Eric only because of his baseball talents. Am I the only one who thinks that if this ADULT had the smallest trace of common sense that he would know that he shouldn’t be having any sort of sexual contact with a FOURTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL?

    How is the fact that this girl is 14 years old escaping you people? You guys keep throwing around this word consent like its some get out of jail free card. There’s a reason that a 14 year old girl CAN’T give consent.

    Btw, kudos to her dad for wanting to prosecute.

    When you’re dumb you got to be tough. That reminds me, Joshua I hope you’re tough as nails because you’re dumber than a box of rocks.

  26. I find it scary that you people are defending Eric only because of his baseball talents. Am I the only one who thinks that if this ADULT had the smallest trace of common sense that he would know that he shouldn’t be having any sort of sexual contact with a FOURTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL?

    How is the fact that this girl is 14 years old escaping you people? You guys keep throwing around this word consent like its some get out of jail free card. There’s a reason that a 14 year old girl CAN’T give consent.

    Btw, kudos to her dad for wanting to prosecute.

    When you’re dumb you got to be tough. That reminds me, Joshua I hope you’re tough as nails because you’re dumber than a box of rocks.

  27. I swear, Grady Judd leaps at every chance to get his face on a news cast.
    The KIDS should have been warned and released, now their futures could be in jepardy.

  28. I swear, Grady Judd leaps at every chance to get his face on a news cast.
    The KIDS should have been warned and released, now their futures could be in jepardy.

  29. As for you Donkey Rocks, either you don’t have girls or you are one of those dad’s who don’t care or is as perverted as all the sexual predators. Thanks Sheriff Grady for being A GREAT DAD to all the girls who don’t have caring ones or none at all! I agree with you when you said on the news, if it was your 14 yr. old little girl, the safest place for the 18 yr. old man would be jail!!! I have a 15 yr. old daughter & I might go to jail for little while but the punk would never walk again or worry about sex at all!!! Yeah I made mistakes as a punk teen male but I don’t want want my kids making the same mistakes like unprotected sex before marriage = got an incurable V.D., drunk driving = wreck with crushed hip, addicted to drugs = in jail twice, HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE & STILL TALK! Hey Donkey wanna live by the Bible? Got no problem, those men killed any punk that touched their daughter before MARRIAGE!!! THE LAW IS THE LAW, NO TOUCHY BEFORE 16, GOT IT!!! It should be 18, let the punks go get a prostitute if they can’t keep their zippers up & obey the law. Kids everyday are getting a record by stealing, fighting or some other crime, so if they get the message before 18 maybe this wouldn’t have happened. But not everybody gets a ticket for speeding but what if there were no speed laws!
    If you don’t like the laws in Polk or USA then go to a God-forsaken country where it is legal to sell 8 yr. old girls for sex trafficking bcus that’s what this is. Older teens are soliciting younger girls, even 10 yr. olds, for dates with them so they can get money or go to the mall, they are predators after virgins!!! Read child protection sex laws for DUMMIES! Besides the parents didn’t give consent & they should be horse-whipped for letting their girls date men! DO THE MATH 1+1 = 2 !!!
    We don’t need these babies having baies so our taxes go up!!! Yes God is more moral than me or anyone else thinks. He said “Straight & narrow is the way to Eternal Life, but few will find it, and broad is the way to Hell & many will find it!!!

  30. As for you Donkey Rocks, either you don’t have girls or you are one of those dad’s who don’t care or is as perverted as all the sexual predators. Thanks Sheriff Grady for being A GREAT DAD to all the girls who don’t have caring ones or none at all! I agree with you when you said on the news, if it was your 14 yr. old little girl, the safest place for the 18 yr. old man would be jail!!! I have a 15 yr. old daughter & I might go to jail for little while but the punk would never walk again or worry about sex at all!!! Yeah I made mistakes as a punk teen male but I don’t want want my kids making the same mistakes like unprotected sex before marriage = got an incurable V.D., drunk driving = wreck with crushed hip, addicted to drugs = in jail twice, HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE & STILL TALK! Hey Donkey wanna live by the Bible? Got no problem, those men killed any punk that touched their daughter before MARRIAGE!!! THE LAW IS THE LAW, NO TOUCHY BEFORE 16, GOT IT!!! It should be 18, let the punks go get a prostitute if they can’t keep their zippers up & obey the law. Kids everyday are getting a record by stealing, fighting or some other crime, so if they get the message before 18 maybe this wouldn’t have happened. But not everybody gets a ticket for speeding but what if there were no speed laws!
    If you don’t like the laws in Polk or USA then go to a God-forsaken country where it is legal to sell 8 yr. old girls for sex trafficking bcus that’s what this is. Older teens are soliciting younger girls, even 10 yr. olds, for dates with them so they can get money or go to the mall, they are predators after virgins!!! Read child protection sex laws for DUMMIES! Besides the parents didn’t give consent & they should be horse-whipped for letting their girls date men! DO THE MATH 1+1 = 2 !!!
    We don’t need these babies having baies so our taxes go up!!! Yes God is more moral than me or anyone else thinks. He said “Straight & narrow is the way to Eternal Life, but few will find it, and broad is the way to Hell & many will find it!!!

  31. The article states that the parents of the girls wanted to prosecute/continue on with charges. The Sherriff has a responsibility to his constituents, I would think. Let a court decide if they’re guilty.

  32. The article states that the parents of the girls wanted to prosecute/continue on with charges. The Sherriff has a responsibility to his constituents, I would think. Let a court decide if they’re guilty.

  33. Peter Conner,

    I think you speak for a majority of the ignorant populace. You may even be their king with examples like, “let the punks go get a prostitute if they can’t keep their zippers up & obey the law” and “I have a 15 yr. old daughter & I might go to jail for little while but the punk would never walk again or worry about sex at all!!!”

    Pictures of shotgun weddings and inbred men in greasy overalls dance in our heads with your lilting words of wisdom.

  34. Peter Conner,

    I think you speak for a majority of the ignorant populace. You may even be their king with examples like, “let the punks go get a prostitute if they can’t keep their zippers up & obey the law” and “I have a 15 yr. old daughter & I might go to jail for little while but the punk would never walk again or worry about sex at all!!!”

    Pictures of shotgun weddings and inbred men in greasy overalls dance in our heads with your lilting words of wisdom.

  35. Thanks Chiefsc & the others for being real men & women to stand up for the innocent! AS for you “Donkey with rocks for brains”, whatever it takes to protect our kids from sexual predators like you cuz if you defend them you are one just the same as they are. You must be a sick monster, not even human, to defend such sex monsters. I thank you for your compliments! This country was built by men like me with a backbone & brains, unlike you who is a mealy mouth punk that slithers on the ground with no backbone to stand up for what’s right. I have a college degree & I don’t mind getting dirty. I guess you might be a queer since you’re not a real man. We’re all inbread dummy, Adam & Eve started it all & God will end all this perversion when he destroys the wicked & casts them into hell. The Bible says it’s better to tie a stone around your neck & be cast into the sea than to hurt one of His little ones!

  36. Thanks Chiefsc & the others for being real men & women to stand up for the innocent! AS for you “Donkey with rocks for brains”, whatever it takes to protect our kids from sexual predators like you cuz if you defend them you are one just the same as they are. You must be a sick monster, not even human, to defend such sex monsters. I thank you for your compliments! This country was built by men like me with a backbone & brains, unlike you who is a mealy mouth punk that slithers on the ground with no backbone to stand up for what’s right. I have a college degree & I don’t mind getting dirty. I guess you might be a queer since you’re not a real man. We’re all inbread dummy, Adam & Eve started it all & God will end all this perversion when he destroys the wicked & casts them into hell. The Bible says it’s better to tie a stone around your neck & be cast into the sea than to hurt one of His little ones!

  37. Peter Conner,

    You write the jokes for me, Pete. If I was to try to imagine a character that oozed uncouthfulness, ignorance and lack of awareness, I don’t think I could create anyone as stupefyingly ignorant as you.

    If you’d like to talk further about this, please visit: 219 North Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland. Show up around 11am most any day, and come armed and angry.

  38. Peter Conner,

    You write the jokes for me, Pete. If I was to try to imagine a character that oozed uncouthfulness, ignorance and lack of awareness, I don’t think I could create anyone as stupefyingly ignorant as you.

    If you’d like to talk further about this, please visit: 219 North Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland. Show up around 11am most any day, and come armed and angry.

  39. Now, you really sound like a very unstable, sick soul. You’re gonna threaten me with your blog rage just because I am willing to defend my family against perverts like you. You’ll be on the 6:00 news as one of those road ragers that can’t control their anger & tries to take the law into their hands just because you don’t like theri bumper sticker. So, I’m sure you’ll get what’s coming to you! Now who sounds like “a character that oozes uncouthfulness, ignorance and lack of awareness, I don’t think I could create anyone as stupefyingly ignorant as you.” You described yourself very well!

  40. Now, you really sound like a very unstable, sick soul. You’re gonna threaten me with your blog rage just because I am willing to defend my family against perverts like you. You’ll be on the 6:00 news as one of those road ragers that can’t control their anger & tries to take the law into their hands just because you don’t like theri bumper sticker. So, I’m sure you’ll get what’s coming to you! Now who sounds like “a character that oozes uncouthfulness, ignorance and lack of awareness, I don’t think I could create anyone as stupefyingly ignorant as you.” You described yourself very well!

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