That can make understanding the law a little tricky, Decker said.The definition of a "child" isn't even the same throughout Indiana code, Decker points out. In Indiana, a section of the law makes it illegal for authority figures, such as teachers, to have sex with any minor younger than 18, because they hold positions of trust and influence.
I have read the penal codes and they are confusing so I thought I would ask you about it.
Could you please tell me everything and maybe show me laws to give me a little more confidence? Dear Jeff, It seems arbitrary that sex with your girlfriend becomes illegal when you reach your eighteenth birthday, but it's true.
He was a trusted family friend who had been like part of the family since she was 14.
For years, her parents said they later found out, the older man had been flattering the teen.
He told her how awesome it was that she was still a virgin, how stupid the boys her age were for not trying to get in her pants, how he would be trying to all the time if he were in high school. He wanted her to meet him at his office and at his house when his wife wasn't home. By the time they had sex, the law couldn't protect her.
At 17, under Indiana law, she was old enough to consent to sex."The way the law is written now, there's no way to prevent someone who is 50 years old from going after someone who is 16," said the girl's father, Rob Fields, 38, Bedford.Each state sets its own age of consent, so what's legal in Indiana may not be somewhere else.Some states, such as California and Wisconsin, set the age higher, at 17 or 18.The Star also is not naming the older man because he has not been charged with any crimes. He says the idea is worth considering, especially since Indiana has that special provision protecting all minors from seduction by authority figures."If you couldn't consent under that situation ...why are we splitting the hairs between these girls? In other words, he said: If the law prohibits teachers from having sex with anyone younger than 18, why not similarly ban other older adults?But it may be confusing to some people about the term "minor" and the concept of when it is "legal" to have sex. I read that as long as there is no more than 3 years' difference, it is legal. Confused female, age 16, USA Dear Confused, It is illegal to have sex with him, because the age of consent in California is 18.