If an 18 year old gets a 16 year old pregnant in Virginia is it certain that he will get in trouble?

Asked over 1 year ago - Danville, VA

The girl has no wish for him to be in trouble and actually wants to marry him and he wants tohep with the child. She is also seeking emancipation because of emotional abuse and her pregnancy which her parents must not know about for her own good. Here mother will not consent to marriage. What advice can you give?

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  1. Howard M Lewis

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    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . First, chat wtih a local criminal defense attorney about the statutory rape laws and age of consent, there are also specifics with how old you are compared to how old she is that may or may not be an issue, second work with a local attny and discuss your options. take care.

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  2. Victoria Lee Allen

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . She will need to seek an attorney to look into emancipation.

    It is a misdemeanor for an adult to have sex with someone under the age of 18. Here is the relevant code section:

    § 18.2-371. Causing or encouraging acts rendering children delinquent, abused, etc.; penalty; abandoned infant.

    Any person 18 years of age or older, including the parent of any child, who [. . . ] (ii) engages in consensual sexual intercourse with a child 15 or older not his spouse, child, or grandchild, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. This section shall not be construed as repealing, modifying, or in any way affecting §§ 18.2-18, 18.2-19, 18.2-61, 18.2-63, and 18.2-347.

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