Buffalo, NY asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Michigan

Q: This is located in Michigan! Is it legal? Can a case be made out of it?

Hi, I got some information from my girl cousin the other day. She had told me that she is dating a 27 or 28 year old and she is 16 about to turn 17. She consented to it and they are looking to get married in the future. She has not told her parents yet because she is scared of their reaction. She told me that they had some sexual encounters but did not have full sex yet. I contacted him to ask him of this and he denied everything and told me that the legal age of consent is 16. My cousin has no pictures or text messages saved from them. He works in either corrections or law enforcement. He does not work in the same jurisdiction where she lives and has no authority over her. I read a little about it and saw that he was right about the age of consent. Is it true that is no case to this?

1 Lawyer Answer

Jasmine D. Rippy

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Detroit, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: In Michigan, the age of consent to sexual contact is 16. Therefore, it is legal for a 16 year old to date a 28 year old as long as the relationship is consensual. However, if the 16 year old has sent sexual images the 28 year old, they could both face felony child pornography charges. If any of those images were sent over the Internet or through the use of a computer, they could be charged with using a computer to commit a crime, which would also be a felony in this case.

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