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NSW Charged as Accessory After Fact Under Criminal Law?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Cavalier, 24 July 2016.

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  1. Cavalier

    Cavalier Active Member

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    Question: We know a 19 almost 20-year-old dating a 15-year-old. We're told nothing is happening (sexually) but we're not stupid either. She had a history of being with older persons and causing trouble.

    If allegations are made and we were aware of the potential for it to happen, can we be charged under criminal law as well?
     
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    Accessory after the fact would only apply if you help the 20-year-old escape punishment or you obstruct the authorities. Accessory before the fact might be possible if for instance you provided a place for the 20-year-old to commit the statutory rape.

    Do nothing that helps the 20-year-old either before or after and you should be OK.

    Just knowing about a situation will not get you into trouble unless you have mandatory reporting requirements.
     
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    Thank you for the response Rod. Not going to be easy but will certainly not be putting ourselves in a compromised position.

    Kindest regards
     
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