updated 8/1/2009 2:56:04 PM ET 2009-08-01T18:56:04

He was 19 and she was 14 when they first had sex and even though they eventually married, he was arrested because of her age at the time.

Some 15 years later, Virgil Frank McCrainie of Panama City Beach was pardoned by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet. It means he'll no longer be listed as a sex offender in what's known as a "Romeo and Juliet" case.

The Palm Beach Post has reported that McCrainie and his wife, Misty, appeared before Crist and the Cabinet in June to plead for a pardon but the panel did not make a decision until this week.

McCrainie said he kept losing jobs and their four children had been stigmatized because his name, picture and other personal information appeared on the state's sex offender Web site.

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