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What Happens If I Didn’t Know They Were Underage

What Happens If I Didn’t Know They Were Underage

While there are plenty of benefits to using Tinder and similar apps, they can also cause a lot of “catfishing” scenarios. People take a lot of liberties with their identities online, changing their personas, physical features, and even their ages to be more attractive to potential suitors. While most of these changes are harmless in the eyes of the law, the age change factor may have huge ramifications. So what happens if you sleep with a minor when you didn’t know they were underage?

Can I Get Charged If I Didn’t Know?

In short, the answer is yes. If you are involved in sexual conduct with a minor, even if you didn’t know they were a minor, you could face criminal charges. A Kansas government-run juvenile crimes website states, “All that matters for you to be found guilty is how old they were at the time of the offense. Not how old you thought they were or how old they told you they were, but how old they actually were.”

It is crucial to note that even if the minor tells you they aren’t a minor, you could still be charged for statutory rape! Their deceit does not impact the legal implications of your actions.

What Should I Do to Prevent Underage Sexual Misconduct Charges

Here are some tips to keep you safe from underage sexual misconduct:

  • Never send lewd photos to someone you’ve never met! This is crucial to keeping you safe, as sending lewd photos to a minor (even if you didn’t know their age) can have huge ramifications on your life!
  • If you’re unsure if your date is of age, ask to see their ID. While asking for an ID may not be “sexy”, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • Refuse to have sexual relations with someone who isn’t willing to show you their ID. While your date may have their reasons for not showing you their ID, make sure the night stays platonic until they can prove their age.

This blog possibly shocked you, as you realized you may have broken the law in the past. If this is the case, make sure you check the age of your online “friend”/date before things get sexual from now on. If you are ever accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, online or otherwise, contact Rokusek Stein Law for a free consultation for your case.

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