Governor Crist Pardons 2nd “Romeo” Sex Offender

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Governor Crist Pardons 2nd “Romeo” Sex Offender

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

John Eugene Kemp, who is currently 33, was 21 when he first had sex with his future wife who was 15 at the time.  Cases with these types of facts are typically called “Romeo and Juliet” cases.  Kemp was convicted in Volusia County of committing a lewd and lascivious act against a minor and as a result, became a registered sex offender.  The stigma of being a registered sex offender resulted in police and media harassment and prevented him from working, as a construction company foreman, on projects near schools. 

Governor Charlie Crist, along with two state Cabinet members acting as the Board of Executive Clemency, today gave Kemp approval for a pardon.  This was the second pardon granted to a “Romeo” within the past months.  Governor Crist granted the first to Virgil Frank McCranie, who was 19 when he first had sex with his wife who was then 14.

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