Quoted from iceman44:
Wtf, why does that make it any better? Why do you feel the need to imply that its ok.
He's an old man.
I don't give a F how you define it.
How much of a difference is there between 17 years and 11 months versus 18 years, other than the legal definition? Is that person suddenly different just because they're a little older (or younger) by a few days, weeks, or months?
I think that's the point he's trying to make is that it's not as "bad" when the person is days/weeks/months away from 18, as it is when someone who is drastically and obviously way underage.
Plus, when someone gets older, they tend to loose the ability to tell specifically how old a younger person is. It also doesn't help that they are basically dressing and acting older than their actual age as well.
So, when someone happens to stumble upon some images of someone who looks legal, but actually isn't, that could be one possible scenario to explain a situation like this, despite how "icky" it might seem to many people considering the large age difference.
But, obviously this is all speculation since nobody has any of the details of the case at their fingertips yet.