The dating world has changed thanks to the invention of online dating and hookup apps like Tinder. While most people praise the innovation of online dating, some have faced severe criminal penalties due to online datings one major flaw: catfishing.
Catfishing & Online Dating
“Catfishing” is when someone makes up an online personality that’s different from who they really are. While most catfishing is nothing more than a nuisance for those looking for love, one kind of catfishing could result in criminal charges.
Some minors use online dating apps to act older than they are. Minors who fake their age have no legal consequences to fear, but their older consensual partners may face criminal charges because sleeping with someone who is underage is statutory rape.
Now, you may think that cases of statutory rape should be dropped when minors lie about their age (especially when they have a Tinder profile that supposedly has an age requirement of 18), but historically speaking, that doesn’t happen.
Sexual conduct with a minor is a prosecutable offense, even if the accused didn’t know the minor’s real age. Therefore, you should be extremely careful if your date looks or acts younger than you thought.
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