Is dating someone under 18 illegal in canada
Attempts to reach Knowlton for comment were unsuccessful. Yang, 19, who is pursuing a law degree at Briar Cliff University in Iowa, said it wasn’t fair for his former friend to be charged with a felony for a consensual, long-term relationship.“The punishment didn’t really fit the crime,” Yang said.Other states have changed their laws to differentiate consensual sex from predatory crimes.Florida adopted a “Romeo and Juliet” law in 2007, allowing some people to petition the court to forgo registering as a sex offender.Knowlton pleaded guilty to the charge in March, but the conviction will be wiped from his record if he successfully completes five years of probation.Knowlton was required to undergo treatment for sex offenders.A college already rejected his son because of his conviction, he said.“It just angers me that our society considers him in the same breadth as a pedophile,” said James Benda, of Burnsville.
But no organized movement exists in the state to change the laws.The girl told police she and Knowlton had sex up to 10 times during the summer, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.The girl also said she specifically recalled having sex with Knowlton on July 20 — three days after his 18th birthday.And having nude pictures of a minor is technically possessing child porn.
Less-severe charges were filed last week against four students at Century Middle School in Lakeville, who are accused of using their cellphones to take and send “inappropriate” photos and video of two girls undressing in the locker room. The photos and video spread to more than 40 students at school.
“Of course, she’s under the age of consent, and no matter what it’s not right,” Yang said.