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"Romeo and Juliet" bill proposed in Ill. House

EAST MOLINE, IL (KFVS) - A bill is making its way through the Illinois House that would allow those under age 18 who had a consensual sexual relationship and ended up on the sex offender list a way to get off of that list.

The bill is referred to as the "Romeo and Juliet" Law. An East Moline couple says that the law would benefit them. Shane Sandborg was 17 when he got his 16-year-old fiancee pregnant. When police found out about their relationship, they charged him with criminal sexual abuse.

Sandborg was convicted and placed on the sex offender list. The couple is now married, and they have two children, and say that they are living a nightmare.

"I got dishonorably discharged from the Illinois National Guard because of it," said Shane Sandborg. "I mean we can't go in the park. We can't go to Chuck E. Cheese's. We can't go to any of those types of places the kids would go. That's ridiculous. You know kids like to do those kinds of things and that's what parents are supposed to do."

Shane's wife Kristen Sandborg agrees.

"I don't want to have to take them to the park by myself," said Kristen Sandborg. "You know I want to go as a family because that's what we are, we're a family."

Shane says he applied for clemency in 2006, but he's still waiting. He hopes that the new bill will get him off of the list.

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