My question involves criminal law for the state of: Minnesota
My boyfriend is 22. When he was 18, he had sex with his then-girlfriend, who was almost 16. Since she was 15 this constitutes as statutory rape. They were in a committed relationship for 3 years, but they had a bad break up and he has asked her several times to please stop contacting him. They broke up a year ago. After following him around a grocery store today and talking to him (he ignored her), he contacted her yet again to request that she not contact him anymore. She became very upset and threatened that if he ever talks to her again she will press statutory rape charges.
My boyfriend is in the military, going to college, and has no previous offenses of any kind. Obviously, he and I are now worried about her pressing charges.
My questions are:
- Although this happened three years ago, can she still press charges?
- I read the statute of limitations on statutory rape but am still confused - does she really have nine years to report what happened? If so, we will be worried until she is 24 going on 25!
- If she does press charges, is it likely that he will have this on his record/face jail time/get fines?
- Is it really okay for someone to threaten to press charges like that? I would think that it shows she wasn't truly traumatized and is only pressing charges to be vindictive, and if I'm not mistaken it is still blackmail which is also illegal, but I am unsure if this makes any difference.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. As he and I are both college students, we can't afford a lawyer, and it would be nice if we have real reason to be worried or not. Thanks.