Dear Essex Police, I ask the following question under the freedom of information act 2000 and for the protection of children and freedom of adults under the Human Rights Act 1998.
According to the announcement, the law concerning the age of consent will be changed across all 50 states and D. Currently the law varies in each state with the age of consent being 16, 17, and 18 years old with age provisions and mistake of age defense clauses.
Currently, according to lawyers and court officials across the US, these varying laws cause confusion from state to state.
However, there seems to be little public guidance especially to young teenagers who may be experimenting, on what the law states is the correct age for 'cybersex' (Sexual talk online, via chartrooms, webcameras, text messages.) One would usually employ logic and reason to deduce that if it is ok in the eyes of the law for a 100 year old outside a position of trust to have consensual sex with a 16 year old, that the state would even marry the two and allow them to co-habitat in a rented council house and be taxed, that you would expect cyber sex to be set at 16 regardless of the age of the other, as long as he/she is 16 also; considering that English law can go against the known rules of logic and reason these days, I feel the police are best to clarify what the law states for others.
My question is therefore thus: A) Is it a criminal offence for an adult 18 outside a position of trust to engage in coessential adult cybersex with a 16 year old ?
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