COLLINGSWOOD - A Florida man knew a 12-year-old borough girl was a minor when he met the child near her school and took her to Philadelphia to be sexually assaulted, authorities say.
Liam Heim, 21, and the girl met online and communicated in "a 'dating' context" through an online chat system for gamers, according to a criminal complaint.
Now we can see how well the rule corresponds with people’s reported acceptable ages.
Men’s preferred minimum partner age: Let’s start with minimum age preferences reported by heterosexual men.
Men do not show a linear increase in maximum age preference that matches the rule’s predictions.
Instead, men report maximum acceptable partner ages that hover around their own age through their 40s.
More: Toddler who loved police loses battle with cancer More: Athletes clear fields after Collingswood gun scare It says Heim traveled more than 1,000 miles to meet the Collingswood Middle School student on Thursday afternoon. The Courier-Post is not identifying the girl because she is the victim of an alleged sexual assault. and Heim allegedly met at Knight Park on Collings Avenue, which is across the street from the middle school, according to Lyons' statement. ate at a restaurant, then walked around the city before taking an Uber to a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport.
The two were found Friday in a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport. Previous Courier-Post coverage of this case used her name and photograph because authorities were trying to find the child and had not yet said she was assaulted. S.'s "best friend" told police the girl had been using an online app called Discord to chat with a man in Florida. Heim told investigators he was "the leader/creator of a group" on the Discord website, and he had begun chatting about six weeks earlier with K. Surveillance cameras showed them at the Collingswood PATCO station shortly after 2 p.m., en route to Philadelphia, authorities said. Heim said they engaged in sexual activity while spending about 36 hours at the hotel, the affidavit says.
With some quick math, the rule provides a minimum and maximum partner age based on your actual age that, if you choose to follow it, you can use to guide your dating decisions.
The utility of this equation is that it lets you chart acceptable age discrepancies that adjust over the years. Let's examine it: How well does the rule reflect scientific evidence for age preferences?