A friend of mine is worried because he responded to a post regarding how a female looked on a online forum. He responded in a manner that indicated she was sexy and then they started messaging each other privately. Privately they had a few exchanges two of them were of a sexual nature and the third one was him asking her age. She responded saying she was 14 and he responded with you're too young and immediately stopped contact and blocked her. Is this something he needs to worry about? I told him I didn't think so because he clearly didn't intend to talk this way to a minor based on the fact that he blocked her but I don't know if that matters in terms of the law.
A lot of minor has out grown the term minor for which the law needs to update. Unfortunately your friend did indeed have communication with a minor without regards to her age. For now if he has blocked her than no need to worry. Hopefully she will forget him. Please be very cautious next time you or anyone talking to a girl online.
He may have committed a crime but he has done the right thing by blocking her. He should save the record of communications just in case.
Any response I provide is meant as a general view on the subject and is no way intended to be specific legal advice to any individual. If you wish specific advice, you should hire and consult with an attorney of your choosing.
You can tell your "friend" that he has nothing to worry about. It was accidental contact with a scammer and not a minor. We get the same fact pattern daily here on Avvo. This is a scam that is running rampant on dating sites. The woman's profile says she is over 18, then the conversation almost immediately turns to sending pictures (initiated by her) then she says she is under 18 and then a call from a "father" or a "detective" or a "lawyer" asking for money not to press charges. There never was a girl to begin with.
Blocking the contact probably will shield your friend from criminal prosecution.
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