On Wednesday we wrote a blog post referencing a sex crimes case involving underage teens and two men, one 28 years old and the other 32 years old. The men were said to have had sex with at least three different teens. That’s a relatively significant age gap, on top of which the men were supervisory employees working for a high school on an overseas school trip.
But what about slight age gaps that cover the spread between the age of minority (usually 17) and the age of majority (18)? These cases often create significant issues for young men charged with having sex with their girlfriends.
Age gaps are precisely the issue in a piece published by Care2 Causes. In a case involving a 32-year-old man and a student who is perhaps 16 or 17, the prosecutor has an opportunity to make much of the age gap and the supervisory authority of the man.
But there are those who question – even parent groups like the 300-member strong Texas Voices – the wisdom of treating an 18-year-old as an adult in cases of consensual sex with a 17-year-old. Thus, we have the title of the Care2 Causes piece: “Sexual predator or teen indulging in consensual sex?”
From the defense attorney’s standpoint, it seems obvious that an 18-year-old having consensual sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend is not a crime warranting lifelong sex offender registration, a criminal record, and time in prison.
If you are facing criminal charges, contact a Maryland criminal defense lawyer before you talk to police or anyone else.