In other words, a person must be at least 16 years old to be able to legally agree to sexual activity.
"It had to be rape, criminal deviate conduct — some forcible sex act." Year after year, more offenses were added to the list of convictions requiring registration.
But the new law could protect an 18-year-old from adult felony charges if he has sex with a 15-year-old girlfriend, for instance.
Landis said the law change arose from concern that the ever-widening set of crimes that force people to register as sex offenders was having unintended consequences.
If convicted, the person would face the same penalty as if that offence had occurred in Canada.
In addition to these criminal laws against child sexual abuse and exploitation, each province and territory has its own child welfare laws to protect children against abuse, exploitation and neglect.