Man (21) jailed for having sex with 14-year-old neighbour (Irish Times)

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          1. Cian

            It depends.
            In the scenario where two 16-year-olds have sex (where neither was coerced) they would both be guilty of the crime of “Defilement of child under the age of 17 years.”
            I personally don’t think this should ever be classed as “rape”.

          2. realPolithicks

            How does that scenario relate here cian, the guy was 21 the girl 14. That’s rape in no matter how much you spin it.

      1. shortforBob

        Sounds like statutory rape, but from the fine article

        It seems like the headline was reporting what happened in the case and that he early on he gave a guilty plea to a specific charge with a legally defined name that the Irish Times cannot change even if it might be generally accepted to describe it differently.

        Can Legal Coffee drinker or someone qualified make a comment?

        1. The Old Boy

          It looks from the article that he was convicted under Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006, “engaging in a sexual act with a child who is under the age of 15”.

          This offence (together with section 3 of the same Act, “engaging in a sexual act with a child who is under the age of 17 years”) largely replaces the now-repealed offences under the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1935 that were commonly referred to as “statutory rape”.

  1. shortforBob

    Roe McDermott writes a column for the Irish Times but complains about the Irish Times on Twitter.

    Does she not understand how newspapers work and have they have to be careful about how they describe legal cases?

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