Maybe so. But that kind of argument usually doesn't work too well with detectives.
It's the end of the line for Lower Chi's Robert Nickson Jr., 28, who was busted in September for trying to marry a 14-year-old girl he had met over the summer. County detectives got wind of the relationship after both Nickson and the girl listed themselves as "engaged" on Facebook, according to the criminal complaint.
Nickson has pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault and corruption of a minor. His attorney, Enrique Latoison, said yesterday that the girl essentially seduced Nickson and was still trying to contact him. From today's story:
"This wasn't a predator-type situation," Latoison said. ...
"You naturally assume a 27-year-old is trying to exploit a young girl. Once all the facts came out, it was not that situation," he said, referring to Nickson's age when he was arrested. "She was the aggressor, let's put it that way. He was not."
Nickson is doing at least six months in jail, followed by probation for what Latoison called his "very immature decision."