California law minors dating adults
If you, or anyone you know, have been involved in somewhat suggestive (and this, of course, is left greatly to law enforcement's interpretation) texting back and forth, or have, at one time or another sent a suggestive photo (whether it is nude or not) between two minors, or in a situation where one party is a minor, this could be grounds for arrest.Under our current California law, you would be charged with a Sex Crimes violation and will be subject to the same sentencing, mandatory sex offender registration, and perhaps, a lifetime of wearing a GPS tracking device..for sending something over the phone which you may have deemed harmless "flirting".
Remember as well, that teachers, counselors, doctors, nurses, even daycare providers, are mandated "reporters", and as such, it is their duty to report anything of this kind of nature to police.We now know that the teenage brain does not finish maturing until sometime in the mid-20s.Neuroscience and psychosocial evidence confirms that teens can make cognitively rational choices in “cool” situations — that is, when they have access to information, face little pressure, and possibly have adult guidance.There does NOT have to be any physical "proof" in order for one to be charged in a case of this nature.All that is actually needed to convict is : 1) the "victim's" (legal terminology) initial statement 2) the assumation of the "victim's" age by the defendant 3) the "victim's" testimony The law does not require DNA evidence, a pregnancy, or any other physical evidence. which may sound ridiculous, but better to be ridiculous in just that moment, than ridiculous from behind bars.
Statutory rape is a crime defined at the state level, so the age of sexual consent varies from state to state.