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Some of the articles seem to imply that the prosecution has occurred only because the teenagers are of the same sex.
See for example: Huffington Post report: Florida Teen, Faces Felony Charges Over Same-Sex Relationship As a criminal defense attorney who has practiced law in Gainesville, Florida, for more than 25 years, I’ve represented dozens of teenagers charged with sex offenses for engaging in sexual activity with another teen.
In a particularly poignant example, an 18-year-old high school senior was arrested for having sex with his freshman girlfriend at the same high school.
As the age of consent in this particular state is 16, which the girlfriend was not, the 18-year-old pleaded guilty to criminal sexual misconduct and was sentenced to one year in jail plus three years' probation.
Here are a few examples of the heterosexual age of consent in different countries: Essentially it means that if you have sex with someone when you or they are under the age of consent, then you are breaking the law – even if you both have sex willingly.
In the eyes of the law people are unable to give informed consent to sex when they are still considered a child.
People aged 16 and older can legally consent to sexual activity with anyone they choose, as long as the other person does not have authority over them as defined in Pennsylvania’s institutional sexual assault statute.
‘Age of consent’ is another way of saying the legal age to have sex.
It could also vary if you are gay or lesbian - in many countries gay and lesbian sex is illegal.Find out what it means to you - and what happens if you or the person you want to have sex with is under the age of consent.This will depend on what country you live in as laws are different around the world.This most recent case has apparently gained internet traction in the public view only because it involves teenagers of the same sex.Florida prosecutors have for decades been charging mostly heterosexual teenage males with the sex offense “lewd and lascivious assault or battery” upon their teenage girlfriends.