When one hears the term “sexual predator,” a wide variety of horrible things come to mind. Being classified as a sexual predator is extremely serious and can alter the course of a person’s life forever. It’s tragic, then, that sometimes even the most seemingly inconsequential things can lead to a person earning this classification. Below are four surprising ways someone could become classified as a sexual predator:
Urinating in Public
A somewhat common practice, though it should be avoided, is urinating in public. Sometimes, a person in caught in a situation where they simply cannot wait any longer. Unfortunately, urinating in public could earn a person a sexual predator classification, especially in cases when a minor is around and witnesses it.
Taking Nude Selfies as a Minor
Many people are aware that adults should never share nude photos with minors, but many minors do not know they should not share nude photos with each other. Teens and pre-teens who take naked selfies could be classified as a sexual predator and charged with child pornography.
Teens Having Consensual Sex with Other Teens
An older teen having sex with a younger teen may end up being classified as a sexual predator, even if the sex was consensual. This is because the age of consent can make all the difference between consensual sex and statutory rape.
Flashing / Streaking
Though flashing is widely considered indecent exposure, many are unaware that this, and streaking, can lead to being labeled as a sexual predator. These actions are often done as a “dare” or as a momentary lapse in judgment.
The scenarios above, for better or worse, happen every day. Many don’t realize that their actions could result in them being labeled as a sexual predator. This classification is extremely serious and can make it difficult for a person to obtain employment or even a proper living situation.
If you or someone you know is facing potential charges that could have you classifies as a sexual predator, you need to contact an aggressive criminal defense attorney who could help. Contact the law offices of John W. Tumelty to discuss your case by calling 609.385.4010 or by contacting online.