Dating a minor illegal
Dating a minor illegal - sex in mekhla
Benda pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2012. The charge was dismissed in July 2014 after he successfully completed two years of probation.Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.
Asking for a friend, he's 24 and seeing this girl who is 17 turning 18 in a few months.
“It just angers me that our society considers him in the same breadth as a pedophile,” said James Benda, of Burnsville.
“It just doesn’t seem fathomable to me.” CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Weeks after George Knowlton started his senior year last fall at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights, the 18-year-old athlete and honor-roll student was charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct for having consensual sex with his 14-year-old girlfriend.
What seems like a high school romance can lead to a felony conviction and having to register as a sexual offender.
And having nude pictures of a minor is technically possessing child porn.
While Benda does not have a criminal record in Minnesota, the charges still show up in public records. In a hotel room two years ago after prom, Samuel J.
Benda didn’t question his 17-year-old girlfriend when she took a naked picture of herself in the mirror on his cellphone. “I didn’t think.” Now, her former boyfriend is facing serious consequences.
Florida adopted a “Romeo and Juliet” law in 2007, allowing some people to petition the court to forgo registering as a sex offender.
Michigan has adopted similar legislation, and Illinois and California groups are pushing for those laws, too.
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.
Louis Park who has defended teens accused of sex crimes.