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Billy Bob's Son Alleged Sex Crime Victim

4/30/2008 12:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Willie ThortonLaw enforcement sources tell TMZ Billy Bob Thornton's son is at the center of a criminal investigation -- the alleged victim of "unlawful sex."

Here's what we know. Willie Thornton, age 14, was dating a 22-year-old woman. Her ex-boyfriend apparently became jealous. Sources say the ex called the LAPD, informing them his former GF was having sex with a minor.

Law enforcement sources tell us there is an "active investigation" into the crime of "unlawful sex" -- translated, an adult having sex with someone under 18. We're told Willie is cooperating with the sex crimes unit. And, we're told, cops have also interviewed Billy Bob.

BTW, the picture was taken four years ago.

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106.

hellokitty mom    

Isnt there suppose to be some type of privacy for minors that have been sexually abused? You should not have shown hispicture or displayed his name. He is a minor and this is wrong. This is child abuse. Its incredible to see what a double standard this is. Just awful

2277 days ago
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Trent Wolodko    

"Reporting" the identity of a minor involved in a sex crime investigation... That's classy, :/

Time to short sell AOL/Time-Warner stock! Thanks for the economic stimulus Harvey!

2277 days ago
108.

Lori R    

No, there is no law that keeps the name of sex crime victims or underage victims or perpetrators out of the press. News organizations do that voluntarily.

2277 days ago
109.

meg    

I thought that it was illigal to name/show pictures of underage sex crime victims???

2277 days ago
110.

PrincessV    

Uh... Annie... You sick FREAK. A 14-year-old is a CHILD, therefore unable to willingly consent to sexual activity. Whether or not he believes he is, this child IS a victim.

2277 days ago
111.

jwoolman    

I don't think the laws against majors having sex with minors are about whether or not the minor likes it or brags to his or her little friends about it. The laws have to do with immaturity of judgment and lack of gut-level (as opposed to intellectual) awareness of short-term and long-term consequences, lack of ability for true informed consent. That's why there are legal restrictions on many things minors are allowed to do. In our society, that can include laws against selling alcohol to minors, delay of granting a license to drive for minors and stricter rules about losing that license up to a certain age, laws prohibiting marriage below a certain age with or without parental consent, invalidity of contracts with minors - and prohibitions on adults having sex with minors.

For girls, an obvious difficult possible consequence is pregnancy. But for a boy - what about the consequences of being morally and financially responsible for a child his whole life if the woman becomes pregnant? What about risk of disease? There are many dozens of STDs, not all are curable, some can be fatal, and many have lifelong health consequences for the boy and anyone he may want to have sex with in later life, and any potential children he may later want to have as an adult. You want to inflict a 14 year old with any of those diseases? There are also emotional consequences of early sexual activity in our society, although that's harder to measure or predict in individual cases.

Anyway -- both boys and girls do stupid things that have serious consequences, with or without the participation of adults in the stupid behavior. But adults have the responsibility to try to minimize the risks, not be the risk.

2277 days ago
112.

Shell    

TMZ take this down, this is a minor! You should not be putting this out in public!

2277 days ago
113.

Trent Wolodko    

Depends on the state... from the national center for victims rights website:

"There are state laws that prohibit the media from publication or broadcast of a victim's identity, photo, address or similar identifying information. South Dakota establishes a civil action for damages for publicizing or broadcasting the name, picture, address or identification of any child victim or other person involved in a child abuse proceeding. In contrast, Pennsylvania's law only states that the legislature "urges the news media to use restraint" in revealing the identity or address of child victims. Those laws provide the battleground between a victim's right to privacy and the First Amendment right to freedom of the press, and are often the subject of legal battles."

http://www.ncvc.org

2277 days ago
114.

sandwolf2112    

First of all, how can you blame Billy Bob for this happening? That'd be like blaming any parent for their child being molested. What a moronic thing to say. What about the boys mother? Isn't that who he lives with? Oh, wait, she's not "famous", so you don't mention her. Secondly, TMZ should not have released his name or really even printed the story. Who cares if the info was leaked from the police? It's a criminal offense and a very personal thing for the victim. Third, Time-Warner needs to get a handle on the crap they allow TMZ to print. It's bad enough that the kid is having to deal with the police and his own family in this matter, now everybody else in the world will have the info. While some guys may think it's cool that he's been bedding a 22 year old, eventually it'll take it's toll on everyone involved. And finally, what kind of 22 year old "woman", and I use that term loosely, wants to bed a 14 year old boy? She's a pedophile and needs to be put in jail. Why are more and more women turning to literally, little boys, to fulfill themselves? TMZ, would you have printed the name and a picture if this had been a 14 year old girl, instead of a boy? Say, Dakota Fanning or Abigail Breslin? And no, I don't know how old Dakota and Abigail are, but you get the point. At some point, TMZ, you have to have a little more class and discretion. Plenty of people read and watch, you don't have to resort to such low-class tackiness and over-exposure of a child. Of course, if it happened to your kid, Mr. Levine, I'm sure you wouldn't have posted it and slapped up a picture of your kid. You people are unconscieneable. How does it feel to exploit children for your own gain you rat-bastards?

2277 days ago
115.

dakota    

This site is disgusting. If it had been a teenage girl insted of a boy TMZ would NEVER have printed his name or picture.
And you idiots who are jumping up and down and saying "That's my boy" are vile humans. Let someone that age have sex with your daughter and I bet all of you change your tune.
And TMZ? I hope that kid sues you and Levin for EVERY CENT you have.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2277 days ago
116.

cindy    

It is UNETHICAL if not illegal to print this information. Do any of you at TMZ have any morals at all? What about integrity? No. I didn't think so.
And to the morons who posted comments referring to this as a positive boost to this young boy's 'reputation', you have serious problems and live in a polluted bubble.

2277 days ago
117.

Kimberly    

This child's name should NEVER been released. This is insane that TMZ stooped this low to release the name. But like many others have stated had this victim been a "girl" would it have been released? Or had it been a male doing the act would you then announce to world that this child was a victim? Sad sad day

2277 days ago
118.

espy25    

Shame on you, TMZ! This is a child and you named him AND published his photo. Good-bye to your site and to your show. It's one thing to go after a public person - but to do this to the CHILD of a celebrity is tragic.

2277 days ago
119.

wingnut105    

What's the big deal? Trust me, the kid was probably not held at gun point. And, yes, it being a boy with a woman is different than a girl being with a man. All things in this world are not equal. Rock on, little Willie!!!!!!!!!

2277 days ago
120.

Advocate for Change    

Thinking as an activist here, to all of you who are upset with TMZ and Time Warner for publishing the name of a 14 year old involved in a sex crime (as I am): what can we do besides rant? Blogs can be useful as grassroots organizing tools. So, how could this site be used to actually DO something--rather than just express outrage--with respect to TMZ's obvious breach of journalistic ethics? I'd appreciate some support in brainstorming about this.

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