Question: Does the Romeo and Juliet law apply to dating?

In the United States, many states have adopted close-in-age exemptions. These laws, known as Romeo and Juliet laws provide that a person can legally have consensual sex with a minor provided that he or she is not more than a given number of years older, generally four years or less.

Is it illegal for a 16 and 19 year old to date?

In New South Wales, the age of consent is fixed by law at 16 for both heterosexual and homosexual sex. It is important to understand that it is not a crime for children under 16 to have sex! The law criminalises people who have sex with under-16-year-olds.

Does Romeo and Juliet law cover sexting?

Sexting is a strict liability crime. The laws require punitive action against sending/receiving. Legal provisions exist to address “Romeo and Juliet” situations, where two minors send sexually explicit images to each other.

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