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Mr Goff has said the Government's challenge was to draft legislation reflecting the fact that underage sex was not condoned, but which did not end up applying tough sanctions aimed at predators to youth who were experimenting sexually. But his office has confirmed the tougher penalty would now apply.
National MP Tony Ryall said he had not considered whether the year penalty should apply to consenting teenagers. But he believed the select committee should examine the issue in the wake of the withdrawal of the similar-age defence. Police national youth aid co-ordinator Inspector Chris Graveson said yesterday children aged 10 to 14 could not be convicted of a criminal offence unless they had committed manslaughter or murder.
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