Age laws on dating
The court shall,however, take into consideration the defendant's ability to pay, andno defendant shall be denied probation because of his or herinability to pay the fine permitted under this subdivision.261.6.In prosecutions under Section 261, 262, 286, 288a, or 289,in which consent is at issue, "consent" shall be defined to meanpositive cooperation in act or attitude pursuant to an exercise offree will.Having sex with an underage person in Massachusetts can lead to a conviction for “Rape of a Child.” While some states have a separate crime of statutory rape for when the underage person is close to the age of consent, Massachusetts does not offer such a distinction.
For the purposes of thissection, a "minor" is a person under the age of 18 years and an"adult" is a person who is at least 18 years of age.(c) Any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexualintercourse with a minor who is more than three years younger thanthe perpetrator is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, andshall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding oneyear, or by imprisonment in the state prison.(d) Any person 21 years of age or older who engages in an act ofunlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is under 16 years of ageis guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punishedby imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or byimprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years.(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, anadult who engages in an act of sexual intercourse with a minor inviolation of this section may be liable for civil penalties in thefollowing amounts:(D) An adult over the age of 21 years who engages in an act ofunlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age isliable for a civil penalty not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars(,000).If that type of touching is done to a person under 14, who is legally incapable of consent, it would be called “indecent assault and battery under 14.” If the allegation is that the alleged victim is over 14, then the charge would be “indecent assault and battery over 14.” There is no list of the types of acts that could be considered criminal under the indecent assault and battery statute; the act must be a touching that was “fundamentally offensive to contemporary moral values.” Examples of touching that may lead to an indecent assault and battery charge include a “hand job”, touching another person’s genitals over his/her underwear or clothes, fondling of breasts, or grabbing of buttocks (although if the grabbing is underneath the underwear and in close proximity to the anus, the perpetrator could be charged with rape).Like with the rape statute, an indecent assault and battery can occur regardless of whether the alleged victim was given, for example, a “hand job” or if he performed a “hand job.” The touching does not need to be of a body part that is considered “private,” as long as the touching is “morally offensive.” It will likely come as a surprise to people of all ages that a minor can be charged and convicted of rape of a child.16 and/or an 18 year old dating a 20 year old is fine I know a 21 year old who married a 30 year old. if you really are in love with him'her, or get on with him/her well, age doesnt matter.Thats a bit too much of a gap in my opinion, but if you're happy with them then age shouldn't matter When it's a 16 year old dating a 20 year there's such a massive experience and maturity gap whether it be university or work. you should feel comfortable around them and just have fun with them!