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SJC denies father’s attempt to block daughter from having sex

Court also updates interpretation of Internet dating

The state’s highest court ruled Wednesday that a father from Massachusetts could not use a restraining order meant to protect people from domestic violence to prevent an adult from meeting his 16-year-old daughter with the intent to ­engage in consensual sex.

The Supreme Judicial Court pointed out that 16 is the legal age for a teenager to engage in consensual sex and that the father showed no evidence that the adult, a 24-year-old visiting from England, had threatened or planned to abuse her in anyway.

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