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
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.