DO NOT touch someone else's kid. That is the rule today. Lecture them, fine... touch them, not fine.
To compare this to a 15-year-old beating up your own child is the reason lawyers get a bad rep. Not even close to the same. But that is how his lawyer sees it. The lawyer may disagree w/ the ruling (what do you expect?), but get better reasoning/analogies lawyer-man.
I am not sure what truthfully happened in this case. I am not sure how hard he grabbed her or how he grabbed her. 28-year-old men grabbing 14-year-old girls is taboo today. Like it or not. He could of had his "lecture" towards her w/out grabbing her. You DO NOT grab anyone in today's society (esp. another's child)... or you may get shot. This guy might be lucky that he did not grab the wrong person or wrong person's child.
My advice to Mr. Barnaby... stay in your car next time. Quit getting out of your car to grab and lecture people. It might prolong your life and might keep you from getting in trouble.
I agree what he did was ignorant and taboo these days, but it still doesn't excuse the ruling, which is abhorent and frankly quite scary.
There was no sexual crime committed here - no apparent motive to do so, history or sexual act that took place of any kind. Yet he is a registered "sex offender" and quite possibly has ruined his life.
People do stupid things all the time, but that doesn't mean the ruling was correct or even slightly excusable or even rational.
Let's not confuse the point of the matter, that you can be labeled a sex offender in this country now for grabbing someone's arm in a traffic incident.
Quite sad, the hysteria in this country.