While these three systems diverge in the more detailed rules, there are also substantive fields of law which apply across the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom does not have a single legal system because it was created by the political union of previously independent countries.
However, there seems to be little public guidance especially to young teenagers who may be experimenting, on what the law states is the correct age for 'cybersex' (Sexual talk online, via chartrooms, webcameras, text messages.) One would usually employ logic and reason to deduce that if it is ok in the eyes of the law for a 100 year old outside a position of trust to have consensual sex with a 16 year old, that the state would even marry the two and allow them to co-habitat in a rented council house and be taxed, that you would expect cyber sex to be set at 16 regardless of the age of the other, as long as he/she is 16 also; considering that English law can go against the known rules of logic and reason these days, I feel the police are best to clarify what the law states for others.
My question is therefore thus: A) Is it a criminal offence for an adult 18 outside a position of trust to engage in coessential adult cybersex with a 16 year old ?
Dear Essex Police, I ask the following question under the freedom of information act 2000 and for the protection of children and freedom of adults under the Human Rights Act 1998.
I note that the current age of sexual consent (regardless of gender or orientation) is 16 years old, unless the person is 18 and IN A POSITION OF TRUST.
If you are charged, the likelihood is you’ll be given a caution, or a fine, and put on the Sex Offenders Register for one year if you’re under 18 (two years if you’re over 18).It’s important to know what the law says about sex and young people.This will help you to know what's right and wrong so you can make safe choices that you are happy with.The ages of consent are currently set between 14 and 18.The vast majority of countries set their ages in the range of 14 to 16; only five countries, Cyprus (17), Ireland (17), Malta (18), Turkey (18) and Vatican City (18), do not fit into this pattern.The highlighted age is that at which, or above which, an individual can engage in unfettered sexual relations with another who is also at or above that age.