Can a 22 year old get in trouble for sexual role-playing with a 16 year old on-line through text only?
The 22 year old in CA would be aware that the 16 year old is 16 in a state where the age of consent is 16.
No images of sexual photos of either party would be shared.
Text only, and would be a first person sexual role-play with explicit language.
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Federal law also applies. See https://definitions.uslegal.com/c/child-grooming/
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Why would you?
Do you want to get burned? Because that is how you get burned.
Nothing good will ever come from that and it's probably a scam.
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Even though no pictures have been exchanged YET, your liability increases with every communication. There does not need to be pictures for obscenity laws to be broken. The 22 year old is playing with fire!
Adults are free to cyber-sex, but minors are not. Even having a picture of one's self if you are a minor is considered having child pornography. If the pictures have been sent to someone there is the added charge of distributing child pornography. The authorities take these actions very seriously and will charge offenders when found.
Further, nothing good ever comes from sexting. Even adults will find that when one party gets mad at the other their pictures are spread all over the Internet and then they will spend a lot of time and effort, and even money to get these nasty pictures removed.
Finally, these pictures could haunt you for a long time. Think about your family, friends, college admission and future employers, and future romantic companions searching you on the Internet and finding these pictures.
DO NOT ENGAGE IN CYBER SEX - NOTHING GOOD EVER COMES FROM THIS ACTIVITY.
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"Can a 22 year old get in trouble for sexual role-playing with a 16 year old on-line through text only?"
Yes. Google: grooming a minor.
Then Google: the underage girl scam.
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