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I accidentally added a girl to snapchat using an app on the

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I accidentally added a girl to snapchat using an app on the app she said she was 18 we spoke for about a week no snaps werer sent but a bit of flirting but then she said she was actually 16 I said im really sorry and blocked her should I be worried
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She's from Ireland and in from UK and I know the laws ate different
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

1. No, there is no need to be worried. Essentially, 17 is now the age of consent in Ireland for girls. However, there is no offence which criminalises merely speaking or flirting with a girl of 16 in Ireland. Matters must move beyond that and there would need to be some form of grooming and a move to initiate sexual relations before there would be an offence committed under Irish law. In many respects Irish law is similar to English law. However, it is not quite as protective of adolescents above the age of 14 as is English law. "grooming" is the main offence you could be convicted of. However, where you found out she was only 16 and immediately blocked contact, there is no offence committed as you need to know the girls is under the age of 17 to commit the offence.

Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK I was a bit sexual with her but again only because I thought she was older
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

3. So long as you did not engage in "grooming" which is a precursor to a sexual act, you are fine. Additionally, if you did not know her age when you were sexual, no crime will have been committed. You need to have know she was a minor or was underage.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She described her sexual experiences to me and I said I wish I could do sane to het :(
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

4. She sounds experienced! It makes me wonder who was "grooming" who?? I don't think you have anything to worry about here.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK the whole thing gas me very shaken and scared I am not a wierdo and I hope she realises that
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.

5. Ultimately, you cannot control what other people think, including this girl. However, you will not get prosecuted for this. Please Rate the answer.

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