Emotional damage aside, there are a lot of illegal things happening there, starting with the teenage girl.“She could possibly get charged with distributing it,” said Miller, who says the way the law is currently written, even though it is a picture of herself, it is still child pornography and she is still distributing it.“And the boyfriend would not only be in possession of child pornography, but if he sends it out to his friends, he would then also be distributing it,” said Miller, who goes on to say that the friends who receive it could potentially also be charged with possession of child pornography if it’s found on their devices.Warning Local law enforcement officials know that for every one case of teens illegally “dating” that gets to them, there are exponentially more they won’t see.“But we’re getting into the prom season, and we just want people to be aware because there are a lot of potential issues there,” said Glander, “You could have a 10th grader who isn’t 16 yet dating a senior who is 17 or 18.None of these interactions became physical, which, looking back, was probably because I liked the idea rather than the reality. My interest in older men started to wane when one of my parents’ friends tried to grope me behind a door at a party. I look at my daughter now and I know what lies ahead.Long before she is 16 and thus, in the eyes of the law, “legal”, she’ll be leered at on the bus and chatted up by men five, 10, perhaps even 15 years her senior.Post-puberty, her school uniform will prompt heckling from louts in vans.It won’t stop once she is “of age” either, though I can only pray that this will be the extent of her dealings with creeps who are old enough to know better.When I was in my early to mid-teens, this meant, to some of the men I encountered, I was “not quite legal” or, as many preferred, “jailbait”.I knew back then that this made me attractive, and being attractive to grown men made me feel good.
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.
For this, the age applicable is anybody under the age of 18 — no matter the age difference.