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The age of the defendant will be highly relevant. Even if the defendant is over 24, a prosecution may not be in the public interest if he had reasonable cause for believing that the girl was over 16. The relevant ages of the parties; The emotional maturity of the girl and whether she entered into a sexual relationship willingly; The relationship between the parties and whether there was an existence of a duty of care or breach of trust (refer to the section on Abuse of Trust in Sexual Offences Act 2003, elsewhere in Legal Guidance).