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Florida Supreme Court rules sex is sex, no matter who’s doing it

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A law that requires someone with HIV to notify a potential sex partner beforehand applies to same-sex relationships as well as between a man and a woman, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously decided Thursday. The defendant, Gary Debaun, has been trying to have a charge dismissed under a 1986 state law designed to prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus. Debaun is HIV-positive, according to records. The case, argued last February, involved the definition of “sexual intercourse.” In 2011, Debaun, a man, lied to…

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Woman convicted of sex on beach sentenced to time served

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A woman who was convicted of having sex on a Florida beach will not spend any more time in jail. On Wednesday, a Bradenton judge sentenced 20-year-old Elissa Alvarez to time served. She and 40-year-old Jose Caballero were found guilty May 4 of lewd and lascivious exhibition for having sex in public, including in front of a 3-year-old child. The Bradenton Herald reports that Alvarez accepted the stat-recommended sentence during a hearing scheduled to discuss setting a sentencing date. Defense…

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Florida couple convicted of having sex on beach

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A Florida couple accused of having sex on a public beach in front of families has been found guilty by a jury. It took the Manatee County jury about 15 minutes Monday to find 20-year-old Elissa Alvarez and 40-year-old Jose Caballero guilty of lewd and lascivious exhibition. Video played in the courtroom showed Alvarez moving on top of Caballero in a sexual manner in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old girl saw them. Both Caballero and Alvarez will now…

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