Dating rights of a minor
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.
For this, the age applicable is anybody under the age of 18 — no matter the age difference.
A common scenario: a young teenage girl sends her boyfriend a nude photo of herself, they break up and he sends it to all of his friends, who then send it to their friends.
We’re not trying to stop that — it’s when they take it one step further.”So how do these instances make it from the private corners of teenagers’ lives to the desks of law enforcement officers?“Sometimes from parents, but mostly mandated reporters,” said Nguyen.“School counselors, social service workers, medical staff — if they’re aware of it, they have to report it.”And detectives have to investigate.If certain requirements are met, parents may also teach their children at home. Additionally, Virginia law states that parents of students enrolled in a public school have responsibilities to “assist the school in enforcing the standards of student conduct and compulsory school attendance.” ( § 22.1-279.3).
You have the legal responsibility to follow your parents’ rules and go along with their decisions.We just want to protect everybody involved.”Glander and Nguyen say when teens and parents are investigated for these issues, they are typically shocked and don’t understand what the law is.