Online dating age restrictions

His work has appeared both online and in print publications.

He holds a Master of Arts in sociology and a Juris Doctor.

He was eventually released on bail and allowed to return to Germany.

He served more than two years of the sentence before being released in 2007 when the Georgia Supreme Court overturned his sentence as being "cruel and unusual" punishment.

While social networking websites which are not exclusively devoted to dating often allow users younger than 18, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which went into effect in 2000, prevents Internet websites which are directed toward children under age 13 to collect personally identifiable information about users without explicit parental consent.

Many social networking websites such as My Space or Facebook simply prohibit children younger than 13 from using their services in order to avoid possible legal problems.

In legal terms, the age of consent refers to the minimum age for which an individual can engage in consensual sexual contact without legal repercussions to either party.

When sexual contact occurs when one party is below the age of consent and the other is an adult, according to the law this is statutory rape.

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