Some of these laws include: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault – when a person under the age of 17 has sex with a minor under the age of 9, or uses force or threat of force to have sex with a minor at least 9 years old, but under the age of 13.
Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child – when a person 17-years-old or older has sex with a minor under the age of 13.
Actually, any voluntary sexual activity between two 16 year olds could put both of them on the sex offender registration list.
Such sexual activity is a crime for which both could be prosecuted, if there was mutual sexual conduct because the “age of consent” has not been reached.
These laws range from those aimed at from protecting minors from being solicited for sex to being photographed or filmed indecently.
Moreover, there are laws in Illinois that cover the obvious sex-related crimes against vulnerable minors.
Your naked selfie could end up being shared on social media, or passed around the entire school/uni/workplace.
No matter how much you trust your partner, a topless photo could come back to haunt you.
An affirmative defense to any sex crime where the “victim” is under the age of consent is that the accused reasonably believed that the “victim” was of legal age.
In other words, the accused had a valid reason to believe that the other persons age was at, or beyond, the legal age of consent.
In Illinois, the older partner could also be required to register as sex offender.
Moreover, under Illinois law, when a person under 17 years of age commits a sexual act with another who is under the age of 17, but at least 9-years-old, they are also guilty of criminal sexual abuse.
The reasons that these particular laws are necessary are clear.