16 18 year olds dating illegal
Sexting One might think that tech-savvy teenagers would understand the gravity of sending nude or inappropriate photos of themselves to others, and yet investigators in Becker County say it happens all the time.
For this, the age applicable is anybody under the age of 18 — no matter the age difference.
That is one, long-lasting possibility that can come back to haunt a young person for years, including not being able to live on a college campus, getting certain jobs and public shame.
Miller says he typically tries to avoid that, though, unless there is reason to think otherwise.“On several cases in the past, we’ve had an independent evaluator question the people involved and give an opinion as to whether or not they believe the person is a risk and should be required to register,” said Miller, who says the court does take into consideration whether or not each case is an isolated incident with one particular underage teen or if there is a history or pattern there.
We’re not trying to stop that — it’s when they take it one step further.”So how do these instances make it from the private corners of teenagers’ lives to the desks of law enforcement officers?
“Sometimes from parents, but mostly mandated reporters,” said Nguyen.
This page explains the details of age of consent and the exceptions.
“And it doesn’t matter what the gender is; if it’s the female that is the older one, she’s the one in trouble,” said Nguyen.A common scenario: a young teenage girl sends her boyfriend a nude photo of herself, they break up and he sends it to all of his friends, who then send it to their friends.Emotional damage aside, there are a lot of illegal things happening there, starting with the teenage girl.“She could possibly get charged with distributing it,” said Miller, who says the way the law is currently written, even though it is a picture of herself, it is still child pornography and she is still distributing it.“And the boyfriend would not only be in possession of child pornography, but if he sends it out to his friends, he would then also be distributing it,” said Miller, who goes on to say that the friends who receive it could potentially also be charged with possession of child pornography if it’s found on their devices.If you need more information or advice, contact Legal Aid Ontario [Link] (1-800-668-8258).
-- Two northwestern Minnesota teenagers from Becker County -- considered juveniles -- have recently been charged with felony crimes that not all teens or their parents even know about.
That means, for example, that teens as close as a 15 and a 17 year old or a 14 and 16 year old, depending on their birthdates, could be in violation of the law if their relationship becomes sexual in nature.“Just dating in and of itself isn’t illegal,” said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander.