Most people understand that this kind of potential penalty is completely out of proportion to the circumstances.
id=10027&state_code=PA&lang=en For the exact definitions of the legal terms listed in this section, please go to our PA Statutes page.
Peer pressure no doubt can play a significant role in teen sexting cases, as well.
And misplaced trust can result in what was supposed to be a private and personal picture being widely circulated.
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.
"Age of consent" and "age of majority" are sometimes legally distinct, depending on where you live: Dear Panel, I am 16 and I am dating an 18 year old. If someone were to press charges against him for statutory rape, the two years' age difference would make him guilty of a misdemeanor, which carries lesser penalties than If he were three years older, when it would be a felony.