Fen co Defense for Young Adults and Minors in a Relationship The law provides a defense to the above felony charges for consensual sexting between a young adult and minor. The defense applies to individuals in relationships who are close in age for instance, a year old and wv ar Basically, the law treats these relationships similar to adult relationships. The young adult relationship defense applies only if all the following are true. e The offense was committed by a person younger than 22. e The person receiving or depicted in the image consented to the conduct e The persons involved are close in age not more than four years apart and in a dating or ongoing personal relationship. e The image was produced, stored, or shared using a smartphone, smart device, cellphone, or social networking