Akron, OH asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Ohio

Q: Let’s say hypothetically a 16 year old was talking to an 38 year old. Is it illegal for them to engage in sexual acts.

They have engaged in sexual chats over the internet along with making it clear both ages of the party.

1 Lawyer Answer
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: That’s a terrible idea. First, any sexually explicit imagery of the minor is highly illegal child pornography. Second, without knowing the location of the parties, there are potential problems with age of consent, which varies from state to state. Third, the minor’s parents could find out and make all sorts of trouble for the adult.

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