Mn dating laws
It’s having sexual relations when there is too big of an age gap.
The Forum News Service does not always report on the specifics of juvenile cases, but local law enforcement officials say it is a problem they see regularly.
Engaging in sexual contact with someone under the age of 13 while being only 36 months (3 years) older than the victim is criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, whereas actual penetration involving the same ages is criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.
If the perpetrator is more than three years older than a victim under the age of 13, then sexual contact is criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, and sexual intercourse is criminal sexual conduct in the first degree.
If the younger party is 13-15, their partners must be no more then 2 years older, and children under 13 may only consent to those less than 36 months older. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet laws", are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.
Because there is no such "Romeo and Juliet law" in Minnesota, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare.
For so many, the whole world of teen dating can seem like a gray area of what is right, what is wrong and what is too young.
But the eyes of law enforcement officials do not see those shades of gray quite as well; the law is black and white.
-- Two northwestern Minnesota teenagers from Becker County -- considered juveniles -- have recently been charged with felony crimes that not all teens or their parents even know about.Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 15 year old and the second is a 16 or 17 year old.Minnesota has three statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state.The photo is a reflection of her and Benda, his hands covering her body. The girl later told a Dakota County judge that she had forgotten about the picture until police came to her house and asked about it. Benda was convicted of felony child-pornography possession and is awaiting sentencing.Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.