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Over the years, terminology evolved and the term statutory rape was replaced with sexual battery to describe under age sex.Statutory rape implies consent, even though the consent was given by a minor -- sexual battery is the opposite of consensual sex.Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.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.Once the conditions are satisfied, a judge will clear the defendant of the charges and dismiss the case.

As of 2015 the final state to raise its age of general consent was Hawaii, which changed it from 14 to 16 in 2001. forbids the use of the United States Postal Service or other interstate or foreign means of communication, such as telephone calls or use of the internet, to persuade or entice a minor (defined as under 18 throughout the chapter) to be involved in a criminal sexual act.This means, under Florida law, that it is a sex offense - “lewd and lascivious molestation” - punishable by up to fifteen years in prison, for a sixteen year old to engage in sexual activity with a fifteen year old.Technically speaking, under the terms of the statute, if two fifteen year olds engage in sexual activity together, they are both committing sex offenses upon each other under Florida law.Benda didn’t question his 17-year-old girlfriend when she took a naked picture of herself in the mirror on his cellphone. “I didn’t think.” Now, her former boyfriend is facing serious consequences.The photo is a reflection of her and Benda, his hands covering her body. The girl later told a Dakota County judge that she had forgotten about the picture until police came to her house and asked about it. Benda was convicted of felony child-pornography possession and is awaiting sentencing.

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