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Bieber Accuser May Be Charged with Statutory Rape

L.A. cops: Could be a misdemeanor

November 4, 2011 10:55 AM ET
 Justin Bieber gestures a heart to screaming fans
Justin Bieber gestures a heart to screaming fans
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L.A. Police Commander Andrew Smith said on Thursday that Mariah Yeater, the 20-year-old woman who claims Justin Bieber fathered her baby during a backstage fling, conceivably could be charged with statutory rape. According to California law, a legal adult who has unlawful sex with a minor and is not more than three years older is subject to one year in prison. Bieber was 16 at the time of the alleged encounter. 

Yeater filed a paternity suit earlier this week in San Diego Superior Court. Bieber immediately issued a strong denial.

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