Can someone other than the parents of a minor file charges against someone for statutory rape in Virginia.

Asked 9 months ago - Bristol, VA

i have a friend and she is 14 her boyfriend is 17. The boys step dad is threatening to have charges brought against him for statutory rape. The boys mom left the dad and now he is threatening this. There is no proof that anything has went on.

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  1. Wilfred Ward Yeargan III

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    Answered . An individual can make a police report to the local police. The police officer then investigates and makes a decision to get a felony warrant from a Magistrate, who reviews the evidence. The police officer may fill out a Criminal Complaint at this time. If a warrant issues, the defendant is brought before a Magistrate, who then decides whether to grant a pre-trial bond. Violent felonies are often not granted bond in Virginia, because there is a statutory presumption against bond.

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  2. Richard Todd Rosenstein

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    Answered . Anyone can report statutory rape to the proper authorities. There is a family violence and assault hotline in your state. Once reported, the allegations would need to be investigated by the proper authorities.

  3. Stephen Ross Cohen

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    Answered . Yes, information given to the police will be checked out by them, if they think a crime was committed they will bring it to the District Attorney and the DA will decide whether to bring charges or not.

    My name is Stephen R. Cohen and have practiced since 1974. I practice in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA.... more

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