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The Guardian | Anthony Weiner Sent Sexually Explicit Messages To 15-Year-Old, Report Says

(09/21/2016) “A situation such as this could involve an array of crimes, depending on what is done and what a minor is asked for,” said John Wilkinson, an attorney adviser and former prosecutor with AEquitas, a consultancy and research organization that advises on prosecuting violence against women.

Any investigation into Weiner could involve child sex abuse images or child endangerment statutes. There are also federal laws prohibiting the sexual exploitation of children and other statutes involving the transfer of obscene materials to a minor. Wilkinson also explained that even if an adult claims a teenager initiated contact and they did not realize their young age, that is not accepted as a defense in court.

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