While social networking websites which are not exclusively devoted to dating often allow users younger than 18, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which went into effect in 2000, prevents Internet websites which are directed toward children under age 13 to collect personally identifiable information about users without explicit parental consent.Many social networking websites such as My Space or Facebook simply prohibit children younger than 13 from using their services in order to avoid possible legal problems.
Federal law makes it criminal to engage in a sexual act with another person who is between the age of 12 and 16 if they are at least four years younger than you.
A gynecological examination determined that the girl was a virgin.
Nonetheless, he was jailed in 2007 for eight months and charged with criminal sexual abuse.
The law sometimes intervenes when sexual contact occurs between two minors, even when the activity was consensual.
Genarlow Wilson, an honor student and star athlete, was convicted at age 17 in 2005 and sentenced to a 10-year sentence for aggravated child molestation because of an incident involving consensual oral sex with a 15 year old girl.