Law against dating minors
However, because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law.
Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.Benda pleaded guilty to the charge in November 2012. The charge was dismissed in July 2014 after he successfully completed two years of probation.Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.Once the conditions are satisfied, a judge will clear the defendant of the charges and dismiss the case.Take, for example, the widely publicized case of Marcus Dwayne Dixon, an 18-year-old high school honor student and star football player who had sex with a 15-year-old female classmate.
She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.
You and your teen need to be aware of your state's laws and consider the risks inherent in teens dating outside of their age group.
Most importantly, you need to be able to come up with enforceable rules and limits that work for your family.
While Benda does not have a criminal record in Minnesota, the charges still show up in public records. In a hotel room two years ago after prom, Samuel J.
Benda didn’t question his 17-year-old girlfriend when she took a naked picture of herself in the mirror on his cellphone. “I didn’t think.” Now, her former boyfriend is facing serious consequences.
Each state takes a different approach as the age of consent has ranged from 10 to 18.