GAINSVILLE, Ga. – The 37-year-old woman who married her son's 15-year-old friend pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of statutory rape, child molestation and enticing a minor.
Days before her arrest in November, Lisa Lynnette Clark married the boy under a 1962 law that set the marrying age in Georgia at 16 but made an exception in the case of pregnancy. Clark gave birth earlier this month.
On Thursday, Georgia lawmakers voted to close that loophole. The new proposal, approved 142-27 by the House, would bar teens under 16 from marrying without juvenile court permission.