Dating a minor law
The person must act freely and voluntarily and haveknowledge of the nature of the act or transaction involved.A current or previous dating or marital relationship shall not besufficient to constitute consent where consent is at issue in aprosecution under Section 261, 262, 286, 288a, or 289. Consistent with diocesan policy, the allegation was reported to the civil authorities and investigated. Anyone who has been harmed by an individual ministering, working or volunteering for the diocese is encouraged to contact Kathleen Chastain, victim advocate, at 816-392-0011 or [email protected], for this assistance. After reporting to these authorities, report suspected sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult to Diocesan Ombudsman Jenifer Valenti, at 816.812.2500 or Jenifer [email protected], if the abuse involves a priest, deacon, employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. He also was the subject of two lawsuits claiming child sexual abuse that the diocese settled in 2008. “Our prayers are with the individual who came forward, which takes great courage, and with all those who have been affected,” said Carrie Cooper, Director of the office of Child and Youth Protection. He also served as diocesan director of Catholic Boy Scouts before retiring in 1991.
From the amounts collectedfor each case, an amount equal to the costs of pursuing the actionshall be deposited with the treasurer of the county in which thejudgment was entered, and the remainder shall be deposited in the Underage Pregnancy Prevention Fund, which is hereby created in the State Treasury.
In other words, a person must be at least 16 years old to be able to legally agree to sexual activity.
A 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity as long as the partner is less than five years older and there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.
This means that if the partner is 5 years or older than the 14 or 15 year old, any sexual activity is a criminal offence.
There is also a "close in age" exception for 12 and 13 year olds.
If convicted, the person would face the same penalty as if that offence had occurred in Canada.