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Persons in a position of trust

If a person has sex (including oral sex or mutual masturbation) with someone under the age of 18, over whom they have a position of trust then this is an offence and could be punished with a prison sentence.

A 'position of trust' means that they are a family member (they have parental rights or they are treated as a member of the family), they look after that person in a residential home or hospital or they are a teacher, trainer or youth worker.

If you are under 18 and you want to find out more about sex and the law visit The LowDown