When my daughter was 15, she met a 17 yo online. We live in MO; he lives in CA. Just after he turned 18, they became a couple (w/o knowledge or permission from me & my husband). In July, we allowed him to visit w/the clear understanding that he was to stay elsewhere & he was not going to be alone with our daughter. DD, then 16, snuck out & went to his Airbnb where they had sex. Another night during his stay, he snuck into our home & they had sex 3 times. They also have electronically exchanged nude pictures and videos of themselves masturbating. Husband and I found out everything. In October, my husband called the 18 yo and told him VERY clearly he was to have absolutely NO further contact with our daughter. He was told that even if our daughter messaged him, he was NOT to respond. Last month, my daughter contacted him (even though we thought we had blocked all means of communication), and they “got back together.” Their conversations were often highly sexual. Everything that happened was consensual, but she is a minor. What laws has he broken? What legal recourse do we have? Can we get a restraining order to prevent him from electronically communicating with our minor daughter?
Missouri’s statutory rape and sodomy laws protect people under the age of 21 from being prosecuted for engaging in consensual sexual conduct with people who are over the age of 14 but under the age of 17. You can get a restraining order because he is interfering with your custody and control of your minor child. He can be charged with possession of child pornography by the FBI or the local police. He might be charged with crossing state lines in order to engage in sex with a minor. Best wishes.
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