IT TAKES two to tango, according to a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge. Even if one of the partners is an 11-year-old girl and that tango involves smoking, alcohol consumption and oral sex.
That's not a social dance; it's statutory rape and molestation.
Unfortunately, Judge Durke G. Thompson decided to blame the young victim instead of putting responsibility where it belonged: with the 23-year-old man who used an Internet chat room to meet and then have illegal sex with a child.
If the judge had discovered his own young child having sex in her room with an adult at 3 a.m., would he point a finger at the girl or the perpetrator? Judge Thompson has apologized for his remarks. But he defended his mild sentence -- 18 months in county jail, three years' probation and alcohol counseling.