An Austrian teenager arrested in Florida for having had sex with a 15-year-old girl he met on the internet has been released on USD 200,000 bail, Austria's foreign ministry said today.
The arrest of the man, who turned 18 in June and who has been named as Leo, has attracted much attention in Austria, with a campaign being launched to raise funds for his bail and legal expenses.
His arrest has caused particular concern as in Austria sexual relations with an adult are legal from the age of 14 as long as they are not in the context of an unequal relationship and there is no coercion.
However, in Florida, sexual relations with anyone under 16 can be punishable by heavy prison sentences.
The man's release was on the condition that he not leave the Orange Country area and that he refrain from contacting the girl.
He must also remain under the care of his parents, who have travelled to Florida to be with him before he appears in court on September 14.
He was arrested on July 30 after the girl's mother reported her missing.
His father told the OOeNachrichten daily that the relationship was "a totally normal love story" and claimed the girl had told Leo that she was 16.
Much of it was donated by an anonymous businessman.
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