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For years, her parents said they later found out, the older man had been flattering the teen. He was a trusted family friend who had been like part of the family since she was He told her how awesome it was that she was still a virgin, how stupid the boys her age were for not trying to get in her pants, how he would be trying to all the time if he were in high school. He wanted her to send him nude photos. He wanted her to meet him at his office and at his house when his wife wasn't home.
By the time they had sex, the law couldn't protect her. At 17, under Indiana law, she was old enough to consent to sex. In many other states, they'd be thrown in jail in a second.
Unable to press charges against the older man, Fields is pursuing changes to Indiana's sex crime laws. There are two changes that could have helped shield his daughter, he said: One, to raise the age of consent to 18 from its current Two, to add some kind of provision that would make it illegal for much older adults to have sexual relationships with teens. With a Change. On Wednesday, state lawmakers are scheduled to discuss Senate Resolution 3which if passed would bring up Fields' proposal for more serious consideration in a summer study committee.
The key question that lawmakers likely would consider: What's the difference in your judgment at age 16 and age 18? At 16, you're old enough to get a learner's permit but not your driver's. At 18, you're old enough to vote. But one local criminal justice expert says that with possible changes to the age of consent in Indiana, lawmakers also would have to carefully define who can have sex with whom. With the modernization of sex crime laws, "it's not criminal for teenagers who are very close in age to have sex together," said Indiana State University associate professor Lisa Decker, who teaches in the criminology and criminal justice department.
Raising the age of consent would defy national trends of decriminalizing consensual sex, Decker said.
In Indiana, it's considered child molestation to have sex with younger than 14, who cannot consent to sex. In most circumstances, it's also illegal for someone older than 18 to have sex with someone younger than 16, under the state's laws on sexual misconduct with a minor.
But the law makes allowances: Someone younger than 16 can have legal consensual sex with someone who is within four years of age older and still under 21, if they're in an ongoing relationship. Each state sets its own age of consent, so what's legal in Indiana may not be somewhere else. Some states, such as California and Wisconsin, set the age higher, at 17 or That can make understanding the law a little tricky, Decker said. The definition of a "child" isn't even the same throughout Indiana code, Decker points out.
In some sex crime statutes, such as inappropriate communication with a minor, the line between legal and illegal is drawn at When it comes to consent, generally it's But it also can be In Indiana, a section of the law makes it illegal for authority figures, such as teachers, to have sex with any minor younger than 18, because they hold positions of trust and influence. Prosecuting sexual misconduct cases can be as tricky as the law is confusing — though text messaging and social media can make it easier to prove.
What happened between Rob Fields' year-old daughter and the year-old man was legal under Indiana's current laws, but Fields said he thought the man manipulated and preyed upon a vulnerable teen. The teenage girl is now She told The Indianapolis Star that she supported the law change her father is pursuing, and she thought the law should better protect young girls like her.
She declined to elaborate further on her story and deferred to her parents to speak for her because of the anxiety and anger it causes her. The Star is respecting her preference not to be named, but she and her father said it was fine for his name to be used. The Star also is not naming the older man because he has not been charged with any crimes. He declined to comment for this story. State Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, authored the resolution to consider raising the age of consent.
He says the idea is worth considering, especially since Indiana has that special provision protecting all minors from seduction by authority figures. In other words, he said: If the law prohibits teachers from having sex with anyone younger than 18, why not similarly ban other older adults?
The resolution will be discussed in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Steele chairs, at a. Wednesday in Room of the Statehouse. Star researcher Cathy Knapp contributed to this story. Call Star reporter Stephanie Wang at Follow her on Twitter: stephaniewang. He was 39; she was Too young for sex? Stephanie Wang stephanie. Share your feedback to help improve our site!Beautiful older ladies wants real sex Mississippi
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