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Statuatory Rape Charge for 18 year old

Posted August 28, 2015 - 11:41am

The verdict for the Prep School Rape iCase in New Hampshire just came out today. When he was declared innocent in the actual rape charge, there is a good chance of him going to jail because he was convicted of e felony count of using a computer to seduce a minor under age 16.

Apparently he asked, so do you want to hook up and now that's going to send him to jail.

As a parent to a 17 year old I know this makes me nervous. Kids write stupid things down and if they are dating someone younger it could easily happen. What do you think?

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When my son was a few weeks from 18, he and I had a discussion about this. He was dating a girl who two weeks younger than he was. He said they were thinking of having sex. I told him, 'If you do, and something happens, that's on me. If you wait until you are 18, it's on you--and has a heavy penalty because she would still be a minor. If you wait, you have time to think about it; nothing is lost." He hadn't thought about the statuatory rape issue. I don't think a lot of youth do. We all need to be talking to our children and explaining these things. It doesn't matter if both parties are willing, there is still a law and consequences.


That is a tricky one. I know the laws are there to protect minors and I am thankful for that. It seems like each case should be looked at individually. There may be a case where they are both consenting to the act and he is 18 and she is 17 and a half. It is just tricky either way!

Frugal Minded M...

Definitely tricky and makes me want to really enocurage my son to date someone older then him and not younger.