It's not every day that Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys come across a celebrity-related statutory rape case where the celebrity is the alleged victim. Los Angeles police are considering whether to file rape charges against a twenty-year-old woman, who claims that she had sex with a very clearly underage Justin Bieber, resulting in a child.
Last week, Mariah Yeater filed a lawsuit, alleging that her tryst with the Canadian pop singer in a concert arena bathroom resulted in her becoming pregnant. At the time of the alleged incident, Bieber was sixteen years old, and Yeater was nineteen. That instantly makes her eligible for statutory rape charges.
The encounter occurred in California, a state that has one of the country's strictest laws against statutory rape. Under California laws, a person who has sex with another person below the age of eighteen and is not more than three years older than the minor may be slapped with statutory rape charges.
Yeater gave birth to a baby boy in July. In her lawsuit, she seeks a paternity test and child support from the pop singer. Beiber's attorneys deny that he is the father of the child. Ultimately, whether Beiber was a minor at the time of the sexual encounter will have no bearing on the paternity suit. If tests prove that he is the father, the child will automatically qualify for child support, regardless of whether he was underage at the time of the baby's conception.
Prosecutors are likely waiting for results of the DNA test to be revealed, before they proceed. A positive DNA test will provide solid proof of the sexual encounter. It doesn't look like this woman is too worried about possible criminal charges being filed against her. However, if charges are indeed filed, and she's convicted, she could face up to three years in prison.