Laws of age dating consent
For an example of the application of a similar (but state-level) discrepant age of consent for appearing in pornography, see Police blotter: Teens prosecuted for racy photos, CNet News, February 9, 2007.Questions of Law The author is not an attorney and poses the following questions in case a reader of this report has the expertise to provide answers or helpful comments.The age of sexual consent can be a very complicated matter.Legal statutes generally do not straightforwardly state any age of consent.
There is no exception for marriage, so an American of any age marrying anyone under 18 in another country, even with the blessings of the parents and with a legitimate marriage license from the local jurisdiction, is breaking this law. The PROTECT Act, § 503, makes it a federal crime to make (or possess or post online, etc.) sexy photos or videos that include a person under 18, even if under the relevant state law any activity depicted is legal and even if the photos or videos are made (or possessed or posted, etc.) by the juvenile(s) depicted in them.Major US federal laws governing sexual activity were passed in the PROTECT Act of 2003 and the Adam Walsh Act of 2006.An age analysis performed on these two laws was used to see what they say about persons below any particular age.This law creates federal jurisdiction for virtually any occurrence of child pornography in the US by covering anything that was made using materials that crossed a state or national border.The crimes defined require the making of an image; they do not apply to sex acts that are not recorded.