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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Is the way you conduct yourself as a teenager relevant or irrelevant later in life? It’s the question News4Utah asked a prominent defense attorney in response to Bill Cosby being sentenced on assault charges and Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
 
“The days of kids being kids are over,” said Greg Skordas, Defense Attorney and Former Prosecutor. The way you conduct yourself now in high school and in college can follow you for the rest of your life,” he added.
 
According to Skordas, we are seeing more sex crime and sex assault allegations from people’s past come to light these days because laws have changed. There are no longer statutes of limitations for these sort of crimes.
 
With that in mind, Skordas is warning teenagers to straighten up because the sort of acts you carry out now can be brought up again down the line when you least expect it, and you will be asked to explain your actions.
 
“The fact that somebody might be 16,17,18,19 years old, doesn’t mean that 10 or 20 years from now, that type of conduct won’t be prosecuted. It’s not like you can forget about it and pretend it didn’t occur and blame it on intoxication or young age. Those excuses don’t work anymore,” Skordas explained.
 
“I think the lesson we can learn from both of these cases is that times have changed,” Skordas said, referring to the Cosby and Kavanaugh cases. “What was once forgiven or sort of pushed aside is no longer treated that way,” he said.
 
Skordas says the bottom line is to remember that what you do now, will affect your future.

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