I'm 15 - 16 in about 3 weeks and 7 weeks pregnant with my 19 year old boyfriends baby. We live in Iowa, we're 3 years and 5 months apart and I've known him my whole life. I was on birth control when we had sex but I took an antibiotic for about a week and I guess it cancelled out my birth control. I am court ordered to go to therapy and a psychiatrist for medicine because I have depression and anxiety. Today my psychiatrist and counselor found out I am pregnant and they have to report every month to the court and I'm nervous that my boyfriend is going to get in trouble because I'm only 15. Will he?
I do not practice in Iowa, but a quick reading of the Iowa statute appears to indicate that there is, what's called, a "Close-in-age" exception, often referred to as a "Romeo & Juliet" exception allowing for consensual sex between individuals under the age of consent (16) provided the other individual is not more than 4 years older. There are other exceptions too, but here's the pertinent part of the code:
709.4 SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE THIRD DEGREE.
A person commits sexual abuse in the third degree when the person
performs a sex act under any of the following circumstances:
1. The act is done by force or against the will of the other
person, whether or not the other person is the person's spouse or is
cohabiting with the person.
2. The act is between persons who are not at the time cohabiting
as husband and wife and if any of the following are true:
a. The other person is suffering from a mental defect or
incapacity which precludes giving consent.
b. The other person is twelve or thirteen years of age.
c. The other person is fourteen or fifteen years of age and
any of the following are true:
(1) The person is a member of the same household as the other
(2) The person is related to the other person by blood or
affinity to the fourth degree.
(3) The person is in a position of authority over the other
person and uses that authority to coerce the other person to submit.
(4) The person is four or more years older than the other person.
But, your specific question was "Will my boyfriend get in trouble?" which begs the question: what do you mean by trouble? Legally, it looks like he's ok, but what about financial responsibility? Does he realize that he must provide financial support for this child? Is he capable of doing that? Is he capable of providing emotional support for both you and the child? Those responsibilities are not easy for adults, let alone teenagers, and the inability to fulfill those responsibilities often gets unwitting people in "trouble."
I hope this isn't the case with you 2, soon to be you 3. So, best of luck on all this.
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