Nearly a quarter of the people removed from the database committed their crimes in Pinellas and Pasco counties, the study found, the highest concentration in the state. "I can't tell you why that number is like that," said Beverly Andringa, the Pinellas-Pasco prosecutor who reviews the requests.One explanation might be the approach of Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger and Pinellas County sheriff's detectives. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. Under Illinois law, the age of consent for any type of sexual activity is, typically, 17 years.He'd tell women he met online that he needed money to move to their area, then spend it at the roulette table. And Yahoo Personals is defending a class-action suit for allegedly creating phony profiles to "generate interest, public trust and give the site a much more attractive and functional appearance." Both companies deny any wrongdoing.There's the Arizona man who shelled out ,000 for plane tickets to fly in a Russian beauty who had written to him, breathlessly, "Every time, when I reading your letter, my mood become well and my heart is knocking so strong! Or the guy in Australia who defrauded a bunch of elderly people of their money to transport his Internet "girlfriend," a "North American model," to Australia. Still, even in the wake of all the alleged fraud and abuse, efforts to regulate Web dating have been limited.Regardless of the specific sexual behavior, the general pattern is that you can be convicted if the victim is under 16 and is 4 or more years younger than you.
There is, for starters, the guy in Atlantic City who just pleaded guilty to 10 counts of wire fraud for scamming women around the country with fake Internet profiles. Lawsuits against Internet dating sites for false statements made by other customers have mostly gone nowhere, in part because Congress more or less immunized such Web sites from suit with the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which says the providers can't be held liable for the lies of third parties. is defending a lawsuit over "date bait"—creating fake flirty e-mails to keep paying customers from canceling their accounts, as well as allegedly sending actual employees on dates to pose as members.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.Prosecution for the examples cited above are rare, but they illustrate the nature of Illinois’ age of consent law.Voluntary sexual activity with someone younger than 17 is not “consensual” sexual activity as far as Illinois law is concerned.At this age, “consent” is a legal term, not a factual term.