It sounds like you will have enough for your tuitition fees..., but you may need federal loans for living expenses.I wish you luck, although it appears you have worked very hard to achieve what you have accomplished and may not need it.
In nearly every state, statutory rape is a felony that carries serious criminal and civil consequences.
A criminal defense lawyer will be able to explain your options and advocate zealously on your behalf.
This means that even if the defendant made a good faith, reasonable mistake or was even deceived as to the victims age, they can still be found criminally liable.
If you believe you have violated Vermont's age of consent laws, you should seek legal advice immediately.
The majority of states make some allowances in age of consent laws for adolescents who are "close-in-age," which means exactly how it sounds.
Where minors are close to the same age, the law recognizes that these relationships are not exploitative, and thus not the type of thing which age of consent laws are designed to prevent.
The age of consent for sexual conduct in Vermont is 16 years old.
Vermont is among the very few states with a single age of consent.
From what you post, that you haven't done anything illegal, this statute wouldn't be something he could be charged with: 14‑316.1. An adjudication that a juvenile is delinquent, undisciplined, abused, or neglected shall not preclude a subsequent prosecution of a parent or any other person including an employee of the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, who contributes to the delinquent, undisciplined, abused, or neglected condition of any juvenile.
Contributing to delinquency and neglect by parents and others.
I started dating my boyfriend when I was 17 (who was 29 at the time). We have kept our relationship a secret but my parents have almost found out.