In other words, it may or may not be illegal for an 19 year old to have sex with a 15 year old or a 18 year old to have sex with a 14 year old depending upon when the participants birthdays occur.A violation of the statute only occurs if the participants’ birthdays are four years or more apart.Assent: Agreement to participate in research by a person under 18 (in Washington state) who cannot Emancipated Minors: For purposes of SU IRB policy, the following persons under the legal age of 18, have the legal rights of adults due to special circumstances, including the right to consent to treatments or procedures involved in research: Note: Grandparents or other family members who are not formally appointed as guardians or legal representatives by a court generally do not have the authority to provide consent on behalf of a child without consent by the child’s parents.The IRB may approve three categories of research involving minors as described below.
This subject is covered in greater detail in another blog).
The intention was to get intoxicated and hopefully “hook up” with some girls – certainly not an unusual practice for 19 year olds.
My client advised me that he was acutely aware of the danger of having sex with underage girls because a friend of his had recently gone to prison for doing so.
The general rule is that the age at which a young person can legally consent to engage in vaginal intercourse, sexual contact, or a sexual act with another person is 16 years.
There is an exception to this rule if the older participant (usually the man) is less than four years older than the girl.