Laws on dating minors
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.They aim to protect the most vulnerable children in society from sexual abuse.
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.
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.
Because of this, situations may arise in which two minors who engaged in sexual relations could report the other for sexual abuse.
In fact, an Illinois a court has stated in that when “two minors engage in a consensual sexual act, the statute may validly be applied to prosecute both minors on the basis that each is the victim of the other.” Ultimately, it is possible that either minor may have to register as a sex offender, even though the sex was considered consensual.