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State laws determine what is illegal and what is not when it pertains to a relationship between an adult (usually anyone over 18) and a minor (any person under 18.) Consensual sexual relationships between minors and adults are determined by the age of consent laws for the state in which the act occurs. All states have other existing laws that relate to such a relationship for which an adult can be charged and prosecuted if the situation warrants. Some charges possible are, sexual misconduct, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, corrupting the morals of a minor, contributing to the truancy of a minor, etc. And in some instances the serious felony charge of statutory rape. The purpose behind such laws is to insure the safety of minor persons from being exploited by those persons who are considered legal adults. If such laws did not exist it would be much more difficult for authorities to charge and prosecute persons who harm children regardless of the circumstances.

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