The photo is a reflection of her and Benda, his hands covering her body. The girl later told a Dakota County judge that she had forgotten about the picture until police came to her house and asked about it. Benda was convicted of felony child-pornography possession and is awaiting sentencing.
Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.
It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.
Once the conditions are satisfied, a judge will clear the defendant of the charges and dismiss the case.
What seems like a high school romance can lead to a felony conviction and having to register as a sexual offender.
Love knows no bounds, but it can be impacted by the law.
In Washington, a minor as young as 11 can consent to sex with someone, as long as that person is 2 years older or less.
While dating a minor may not necessarily be illegal, certain activities are prohibited in Ohio.Take, for example, the widely publicized case of Marcus Dwayne Dixon, an 18-year-old high school honor student and star football player who had sex with a 15-year-old female classmate.She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.Washington’s age of consent laws apply to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct.Most states allow minors to consent to sex with a person who is close in age to them—even if they are below the age of consent.