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Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR

Any action by an adult that allows or encourages illegal behavior by a person under the age of 18, or that places children in situations that expose them to illegal behavior. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor can be as simple as keeping a child home from school and thus, making the child a truant. It also can manifest itself in more serious behavior. For example, an adult who commits a crime in the presence of a child can be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, as can an adult who serves alcoholic beverages to anyone under the legal drinking age. Still more egregious is sexual exploitation, which could include having sexual relations with minors or engaging in the production or trafficking ofchild pornography.

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Battered Child/Spouse Syndrome; Child Abuse; Child Pornography; Children's Rights; Domestic Violence.

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