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Russian Court Ruled 13-Year-Old Boy Can Be Charged As Adult By Genital Size

A Russian court has ruled that a 13-year-old boy may be charged as an adult due to the large size of his genitals.

The Moscow Times reports that the boy, identified only as Tomas, is accused of stealing a cellphone back in March. He is originally from the Ukraine, but moved to Moscow to live with his aunt.

Now the boy insists he is innocent of the theft and claims to be 13 years old, UPI reported.

There was some discrepancy regarding Tomas’ exact age, so medical examiners at the prison where the boy is currently being held examined his teeth and genitals. The doctors have since determined that the boy is between 16 and 17 years old, and therefore legally viewed as an adult. As a result of the finding, the court sentenced Tomas to jail.

But Tomas’ Ukrainian documents show that he was only 12 years old at the time of the crime, so the case will be reviewed by a prison service in the Moscow area, despite the size of his genitals.

According to Article 20 of the Criminal Code of Russia, the current age of criminal responsibility is set at 16 throughout Russia, though it is lowered to 14 for serious crimes, including that of murder and rape.

Sources: The Moscow Times, UPI, The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation


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