Will I get in trouble for having sex with a 17 year old?
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I would stop talking to her period. If the subject of sex came up you may already be on the hook for unlawful contact with a minor. When it comes to age of consent for sexual matters, when in doubt, don't do it is the best advice. All you need is for her parents to discover your communications and it can evolve into a world of hurt for you very quickly.
Plus, like my colleagues mentioned, you can't be sure she isn't lying about her age. Best advice here would be to walk away.
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Be very careful. First, young ladies have been known to lie about their ages. Second, police often masquerade as girls to entrap people. Third, if you take (or bring) her across state lines, that could be a federal violation. Fourth, explicit pictures are called child pornography.
I would advise waiting until she is 18.
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§ 6301 Corruption of minors.
(a) Offense defined.– (1) Whoever, being of the age of 18 years and upwards, by any act corrupts or tends to corrupt the morals of any minor less than 18 years of age, or who aids, abets, entices or encourages any such minor in the commission of any crime, or who knowingly assists or encourages such minor in violating his or her parole or any order of court, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.
The crime of corruption of minors is usually a crime that accompanies another “more serious” crime such as statutory rape or involuntary deviate sexual intercourse or accompanies some drug or alcohol use, possession or sale. Tending to corrupt like contributing to delinquency is a broad term involving conduct toward a child in an unlimited variety of ways which tends to produce or to encourage or to continue conduct of the child which would amount to delinquent conduct.”
Yes it is illegal so be very wary before you do anything
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You are not likely to get permission from any criminal defense lawyer to engage in your personal activities.
What I will say is that you know she's not 18, and you can;t be sure that she's 17.
Frankly you can't even be sure that she is a she.
Internet trysts are a gamble.
You buys your ticket you takes your chances amigo.
Wishing you good luck and hoping that I've been helpful to you.
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Well, we cannot say that you will be completely free from legal trouble. Although you may not be prosecuted for statutory rape, you could be prosecuted for contributing or corruption. And you are absolutely sure she is 17, right? What if she lied to you about that? You can do internet searches on the age of consent in each state and start reading about this.
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