Police also discovered hundreds of pornographic images of children on a laptop computer that Beckham had brought with him from Texas. In Beckham's home state of Texas, the age of consent is 17 and violators can face prison terms of up to 10–20 years.
In Canada, sexual activity with children as young as 14 (until May 2008) was legal as long as it was consensual and the adult is not in a position of authority or dependency.
The offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The law has a "close-in-age" exemption of less than five years, which permits teens to engage in consensual sex with a partner who is less than five years older as long as the older partner is not in a position of trust or authority and the relationship is not exploitive.
The penalty for this offence is a mandatory minimum period of imprisonment of up to a maximum of 10 years; no one in a position of trust or authority over a 16 or 17 year old (for example, a teacher, religious leader, babysitter or doctor) or upon whom the young person is dependent, can touch any part of the body of the young person for a sexual purpose or invite that young person to touch himself/herself or them for a sexual purpose.The boy, who reportedly suffered from social anxiety disorder and had shown signs of being suicidal, insisted during interviews with the police that the sex with Beckham was consensual.no one can touch any part of the body of a child under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose.Canada statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual intercourse with a person under age 16. One allows a minor aged 12 or 13 to consent to sexual congress with an individual less then two years older.The other allows 14 and 16 year olds to consent to partners less than 5 years older.
and Canadians Addressing Sexual Exploitation (CASE). One of the motivators for the reform of these laws in Canada was the case of Dale Eric Beckham.