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Law advice: sexual offences act 2003 - abuse of position of trust watch

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    I have a female friend who is 16 years old. She has a music teacher who is 25 years old, whom she has lessons with. It should be noted that this is entirely out of school.

    They have kissed and touched one another. As of yet, it has not gone as far as sex. My friend is under the impression that because she is 16 and of the age of sexual consent, that it is legal and that nothing could happen to the music teacher if this gets out.

    I am worried about what she is getting into, and am seeking advice in terms of the law. I have tried to make sense of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 but it isnt very clear and im not too good with politics! I want to know if
    a) the relationship is legal
    b) if not legal, what could the music teacher be faced with? put on the sex offenders register, banned from working with under 18s again? jail?

    no immature comments please

    Hmm it's a tricky one. If they are informal lessons then to me it looks like that law doesn't apply. But I'm not sure because of this bit:

    (2) Subject to subsection (3), a person looks after persons under 18 if he is regularly involved in caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge of such persons.

    (3) A person (A) looks after another person (B) on an individual basis if—

    (a) A is regularly involved in caring for, training or supervising B, and

    (b) in the course of his involvement, A regularly has unsupervised contact with B (whether face to face or by any other means).
    I guess he is involved in training her, and potentially supervising (although I don't see why a 16 year old needs supervising at home).

    But to be honest, even if it is technically illegal, I doubt anything would ever come of it.
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