Putnam juvenile officials cite child sex crimes


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Juvenile Court officials say offenses
of children raping other children are epidemic in Putnam County.
In three current cases, a 16-year-old boy is charged with two
counts of rape of a child under 13, a 14-year-old boy is charged
with rape of a child under 13, and a 17-year-old is charged with
rape of a child under 13.
Juvenile Court Judge John Hudson said offenders seem to be
getting younger all the time.
He told the Cookeville Herald-Citizen that he blames Internet
access, "and the fact that the traditional family structure of the
previous generations doesn't seem to exist any more."
Juvenile Court administrator Greg Bowman said Internet access
and cable TV access expose children to new sights and activities.