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  •  Which US laws? (0+ / 0-)

    Age of consent is different in different states.

    Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

    by MichaelNY on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:30:48 AM PST

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    •  The law is cloudy. (1+ / 0-)
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      {Chapter 117, 18 U.S.C. 2423(b)} forbids traveling in interstate or foreign commerce to engage in "illicit sexual conduct" with a minor. 2423(f) refers to Chapter 109A as its bright line for defining "illicit sexual conduct", as far as non-commercial sexual activity is concerned. For the purposes of age of consent, the only provision applicable is {Chapter 109A, 18 U.S.C. 2243(a)}. 2243(a) refers to situations where such younger person is under the age of 16 years, has attained 12 years of age, and the older person is more than 4 years older than the 12-to-15-year-old (persons under 12 are handled under 18 U.S.C. 2241(c) under aggravated sexual abuse). So, the age is 12 years if one is within 4 years of the 12-to-15-year-old's age, 16 under all other circumstances. This most likely reflects Congressional intent to not unduly interfere with a state's age of consent law, which would have been the case if the age was set to 18 under all circumstances. This law is also extraterritorial in nature to U.S. Citizens and Residents who travel outside of the United States.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      However, the age of consent in the DR is 18. Therefore, if Menendez had sex with someone under 18, he committed a crime.

      If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

      by HairyTrueMan on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:38:32 AM PST

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    •  On a side note... (1+ / 0-)
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      I personally believe in the "half your age plus seven" rule.

      So a 58-year-old guy like Menendez shouldn't be "dating" anyone under 36.

      Of course, that's just my opinion. :-)

      If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

      by HairyTrueMan on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:49:25 AM PST

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