For this monstrous and heinous offense, Paul Kerner stands to receive only 15 years in prison, if convicted.
Why can't the law deal seriously with such criminals?
Now, there is a federal law which makes it a crime to take a girl across a state line for the purpose of fucking her. Even though it is perfectly legal to fuck a 16 year old girl in New Jersey and no crime was committed in New York, the mere act of taking the girl to New Jersey with the plan and intention of fucking her there makes it a crime for which you may be subject to arrest by the FBI.
Even if you do not actually fuck the girl but merely think about the possibility of fucking her while you are crossing the New Jersey State Line makes you guilty of a crime under federal law.
In a recent case, the FBI arrested a man at Los Angeles International Airport as he was about to board a plane for Vietnam because, according to the federal complaint, the man planned to fuck a girl when he got to Vietnam. He had even corresponded with the Vietnamese girl about this.
UPDATE: May 17, 2000: Paul Kerner pleads guilty to the federal crime of having sex with a girl in New Jersey. He faces three years in federal prison..