But if these teens are having sex, and you live in a state where prosecutors aggressively enforce the law, it’s possible that your son could be charged with statutory rape.
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.
This offence is sometimes called "internet luring." The maximum penalty for this offence is 14 years.
It is against the law for anyone to expose their genital organs for a sexual purpose to a person under the age of 16 years. It is against the law for anyone to: The maximum penalties for these offences range from 10 to 14 years.
A 16 or 17 year old cannot consent to sexual activity if: The maximum penalties for these offences range from 10 to 14 years.
A Hot Topic Among Teens The recent discovery that 16-year-old actress Jamie Lynn Spears, the sister of pop star Britney Spears, became pregnant by her 18-year-old boyfriend has again turned consensual sex among teens into a hotly contested issue.
If convicted, the person would face the same penalty as if that offence had occurred in Canada.
In addition to these criminal laws against child sexual abuse and exploitation, each province and territory has its own child welfare laws to protect children against abuse, exploitation and neglect.
This means that if the partner is 5 years or older than the 14 or 15 year old, any sexual activity is a criminal offence.
There is also a "close in age" exception for 12 and 13 year olds.