Dating a minor law
The relationship started months earlier when he was 17.
The girl told police she and Knowlton had sex up to 10 times during the summer, according to a Dakota County criminal complaint.
The photo is a reflection of her and Benda, his hands covering her body. The girl later told a Dakota County judge that she had forgotten about the picture until police came to her house and asked about it. Benda was convicted of felony child-pornography possession and is awaiting sentencing.
Teens and young adults sometimes aren’t aware of the possible criminal consequences of dating someone underage, attorneys say.
Radiometric dating is far more specific in formation analysis.
5, 2015: Samuel Benda, now 21, was charged in 2011 with possession of child pornography for having a nude photo of his 17-year-old high school girlfriend on his cellphone, taken on the night of their prom.
Those who register must tell authorities where they live, work and go to school and what vehicle they drive.
Some parents and attorneys say the consequences should be less severe for a young adult who has a consensual sexual relationship with a minor.
County attorneys say they consider several factors before prosecuting these cases.
It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.