We can be grateful also that these defenses were created by our legislators to spare young people in consensual, close-in-age relationships from being treated as predators under the law.
If you engage in sexual activity with a minor who is under the Arizona Age of Consent of 18, you can be prosecuted under Arizona sexual abuse laws and charged with crimes ranging from sexual assault to first degree rape, regardless of whether or not the sexual acts were consensual.She claims she is 17, says she’s in the 11th grade in another school and looks every bit the part. That boy could well be charged because even though he was mistaken about her age, he should have made reasonable attempts to determine her age. Did he question her family or friends about her age?They engage in sexual behavior which according to A. This cautionary tale is real – it happened to the child of friend of mine.This means that a relationship considered “safe” one day, can become illegal the next day if a birthday or graduation from high school occurs.Finally, and this is important, the state believes that under no circumstances can a child 14 or under consent to sexual activity.