Someone i know has taken a video of someone under age having sex with a girl who is 16 without the under age person knowing what is going to happen if the police find out
Thank you for writing in to me, you have come to the right place for advice! I think it is most important you tell your friend to get rid of the image/video and definitely don’t pass it on or show it anyone. If they do they will be breaking the law. As it happens there are two different sections within the law that would be taken into account. The first is that the person who is under 16 cannot legally consent to have sexual activity. Persons found having sexual relations with a minor (under the age of consent) will also be prosecuted for Unlawful sexual intercourse, or if the sexual act is not a penetrative act then Indecent assault on a minor. The consequences of this can be big and a prosecution for any of these offences means that an offender is placed on the sex offenders register.
Secondly the law concerned is about making of sexually explicit images (the video) and is there to protect people participating in those acts who are under the age of 18 this is considered to be the production of pornography and would be even more serious if it was passed on /distributed. It is a crime to take, make, permit to take, distribute, show, possess, possess with intent to distribute, or to advertise indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of any person below the age of 18. The taking of such videos is often due to children and young people taking risks and pushing boundaries as they become more sexually and socially aware. With the prevalence of mobile phones with cameras and internet access and the increased use of Bluetooth technology, images can be shared easily between friends. Sharing indecent images in this way is known by the term ‘sexting’ and it can have extremely damaging effects.
Remember the most important thing is to encourage your friend to get rid of the video and not to share to with anyone - Good luck.