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One of our clients, age 18, spent time in county jail for statutory rape (he had quite a long record) and was attacked by other inmates, receiving a wound that required 90 stitches to close and left him with quite a scar.For purposes of this article, it is assumed that the fifteen-year-old is a female and the eighteen-year-old is a male.If your boyfriend is found guilty, he could be required to register as a sex offender for many years, along with face a fine and potential jail time.Your 18-year-old son is dating a 16-year-old female classmate – no big deal, right?It is probably wise to have the parents of the young man and the young woman aware of the relationship and in approval of it.Even this seemingly safe level of a relationship, however, can trigger false accusations of statutory rape (Penal Code § 261.5), sexual battery (Penal Code § 243.4), child molestation (Penal Code § 647.6, also called annoying a child under 18), oral copulation with a minor (Penal Code § 288a) or, more generally, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child (Penal Code § 288(a)) by a jealous person, a mistaken observer or an angry parent who may not understand how serious the consequences of such accusations can be for the eighteen year old.
She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.Therefore, if you are 16 and your girlfriend is 19, you are only 3 years apart and it is not statutory rape.If you want to know more about your right to consent to abortion, taking the pill, STD testing, etc., refer to the section on this website on Health Care.More shocking is the potential for the 15-year-old, once the relationship ends, to contact the police and, emotionally claim that she was forcibly raped by the 18-year-old, perhaps multiple times. Her tears and the details of her claim help her credibility.The consequences may be that the 18-year-old is convicted, or enters into a plea bargain wherein he is ordered to register a sex offender under Penal Code § 290 for the rest of his life, may be barred from many occupations and may be ostracized by all his friends and even his family.
Worse yet, the 18-year-old may serve time in county jail or state prison, where sex offenders are treated with special contempt and often violence by other inmates.