Laws of dating a minor in canada
In March 2005, Beckham, then 31 years old, travelled from his home in Woodlands, Texas to Ottawa, Ontario to meet with a 14-year-old boy he had met over the internet.The boy's parents, after observing him sneaking away in the middle of the night into a taxi, alerted the police who tracked the cab to a downtown hotel. Under a law that went into effect yesterday as part of the federal government's omnibus crime bill passed in February, a teen under the age of 16 cannot consent to sex with an adult five or more years older.The bill is intended to target sexual predators, but many youth advocates say that by focusing on age, the new law will confuse teens, make their sexual activities more clandestine and expose them to other risks, including abuse, early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
At first, she thought it meant sex was illegal under 16, until told by a reporter about exceptions, such as a sexual relationship with someone less that five years older.
"It makes a discriminatory distinction among various types of sexual activity that are not supported on health or other objective grounds," says Kelli Dilworth, the interim executive director of the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health.
"This distinction is a barrier to comprehensive sexual education.
After returning to the United States, Beckham was immediately arrested and held without bond.
In July 2007, Beckham pleaded guilty to a federal charge of transporting child pornography to Canada, although his lawyer argued (unsuccessfully) that Beckham's behaviour was the result of diminished capacity.