Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.
The girl told police she and Knowlton had sex up to 10 times during the summer, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.
The girl also said she specifically recalled having sex with Knowlton on July 20 — three days after his 18th birthday.
Knowlton pleaded guilty to the charge in March, but the conviction will be wiped from his record if he successfully completes five years of probation.
Knowlton was required to undergo treatment for sex offenders.
Michigan has adopted similar legislation, and Illinois and California groups are pushing for those laws, too.
Benda’s father, James Benda, said teens convicted of these crimes face an uphill battle when looking for jobs and going to college because of the social taboos of sex offenders.
“It almost makes you aghast to see how serious this stuff gets,” said John Leunig, a criminal attorney in St.
Louis Park who has defended teens accused of sex crimes.
Once the conditions are satisfied, a judge will clear the defendant of the charges and dismiss the case.
While Benda does not have a criminal record in Minnesota, the charges still show up in public records. In a hotel room two years ago after prom, Samuel J.