18 year old dating 15 year old illegal
All this for dating a girl in her school who was 15 years old. Kaitlyn Hunt, a high school senior in Florida, is facing a choice between going to trial and potentially serving up to 15 years in prison as a sex offender, or accepting a plea of two years under house arrest and a year on probation.In other words, a person must be at least 16 years old to be able to legally agree to sexual activity.A 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity as long as the partner is less than five years older and there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.He can also buy and sell real estate and stock, inherit property, enter into binding contracts, and, unfortunately, get sued.
These are serious offences that carry serious penalties, including mandatory minimum penalties. In some cases, the age of consent is higher (for example, when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency).
The irony of this case is that, in asserting statutory rape laws, Kaitlyn Hunt is being held to equal standards as anyone else would be in a heterosexual relationship.
Of course, that equality is lost when it comes to marriage rights for many same sex couples across the country.
In both examples (a) and (b) the older person could be charged.
For 16–17 year olds, another person 16 or older can have sex with you if you both agree to it, but sex with a person in a position of care or authority over a 16 or 17 year old is a serious criminal offence in which the carer/supervisor can be charged.The lack of attempt at talking things out one family to another, and the very serious felony charges brought up against Hunt (lewd and lascivious battery on a child ages 12 to 16), seem to point to a hysterical outburst of homophobia on the part of her girlfriend’s parents upon finding out about the relationship.