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he was charged because there is no affirmative defense that he did not know the age of the minor. it is incumbent to be sure of the age of one's sexual partner - unfortunately, it is not a crime for a person to lie about their age in these matters or look older than they actually are
i have told my clients make sure they ask for proper ID before engaging in sexual conduct
well, there could be more to it than what is being reported - and while it seems there should be laws against someone lying about their age, there is not. but it is something you can discuss with your state lawmakers -
hey, i'm with you on the argument you present - it's just like the minor saying they are 21 and buying liquor - now that is a crime. never used to be. the same should apply to a minor who says they are 18 and has sex. if they lie about their age then they need to be held accountable