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Has anyone made any allegations or are you just checking?
The only time that anything like this becomes an offence is if the recipient is between age 16 and aged 18 and you are in a position of trust such as a teacher or carer and you have a sexual relationship.
Other than that, there is nothing wrong with what you are doing.
It would be different if your genitals were exposed
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By all means attach the photograph. I think you need to be careful here. There is no offence but the last thing you want, in your position as a teacher is an allegation even though ultimately that allegation may be unfounded.
It is likely that some do-gooder can allege that even though you are not the teacher of the recipient, they still held you in a position of trust.
It would not lead to a prosecution but until the anonymity of alleged perpetrators in sexual offences is allowed, even if it is found there is no case to answer, the people surrounding are often of the opinion that “there is no smoke without fire”. I would urge you therefore not to do anything until the recipient is 18 years of age (when you can do virtually what you like) and even then, I would want sight of birth certificate or driving licence to confirm the age of the recipient.
I could not agree with you more. However the do-gooders of the world don’t look at it like that. It’s just my personal opinion.
There is certainly nothing which could be considered indecent about the image. It’s no different than looking at anyone in a swimming costume at a swimming pool or on the beach.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking.
It doesn’t fit into any offence category
There is an offence of grooming, which is meeting or intending to meet a child (under 16) with a view to committing sexual assault (a child under 16 cannot consent). There is no offence however in having sex talk with the 17-year-old.
You potentially breach the terms and conditions of the website then again I imagine so to tens of thousands of other people and if it’s meant to be 18, you do breach the terms in respect of age.
No it is not an offence. I was just giving you the full background detail for your information.
No it is not an offence at 17. I was just giving you the full background detail for your information.