Can a parent be charged with a crime for giving consent to their 15 year old son to have a sexual relationship with a 33 year old woman?

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Can a parent be charged with a crime for giving consent to their 15 year old son to have a sexual relationship with a 33 year old woman?

This woman was living in the home with the minor child and his parents. The parents completely approved of the relationship and allowed it to continue for almost a year. The woman has now been charged by the state and sent to prison but nothing at all has been done to the parents. Wouldn’t the parents be just as responsible for allowing the relationship?

Asked on January 22, 2012 under Criminal Law, Illinois

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It is entirely possible for a parent in the situation that you are writing about to be charged for endangerment of a child and other statutory crimes involving minors. I find it sad to hear about a situation where parents seemingly gave consent to their 15 year old son who is a monor to have a sexual relationship with a substantially older adult.

The situation that you are writing about is not about a 17 year old minor and a 19 year old adult.

Apparently the district attorney's office in conducting its investigation into the crime you wrote about used it discretion to not charge the minor's parents with any crime which was its right.

 


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