'Romeo and Juliet' law starts

'Romeo and Juliet' law starts

There are 182 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 9, 2007, titled 'Romeo and Juliet' law starts. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The Journal & Courier For years in Indiana, the age at which a person could legally consent to have sex was 16.

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Big dogg

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#185 Oct 31, 2011
I. Love this new law I'm 15 and my girlfriend just turned 18 and we had sex for the first time...amazing... But she's scared of where we can do it and stuff so ya like new law

Hobart, IN

#186 Oct 3, 2012
PO-D Parent wrote:
We have been trying to get this perv in court for almost a year now. He is blaming the 15 yr old girl, although she was a virgin, he says she has the devil in her and seduced him. he confessed at first, denied it after, refused to accept a public defender, refused to get a lawyer, finally got him in court and he was found incompetent to stand trial and has told everyone that charges were dropped due to Romeo and Juliet law. I think there needs to be a tight grip put on this law if its meant for "teen lovers" so the adult pervs dont use it to get away with having sex with kids.If ya ask me, its a BIG mistake. did couey not pull the same routine?

This law is only for the age range of four years. That would make the age gap between them too far and illegal. This is intended to protect teenagers that are dating and become adults while dating and the teenager who is lied to about age. It does not apply to anyone over the age of 21 or under 14. This is a very narrow window but it is the window where a ton of kids are getting into trouble for simply dating another teenager. This is not intended to protect grown men who are having sex with young girls. It would not protect him according to the guidelines.

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