Laws on 18 year olds dating minors

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A person 18 or older having sex with someone under 14 is guilty of child molestation. If person is younger than 16, but older than 11, there can be no more than a four (4) year age difference for it to be considered consensual. This increases to seven years in prison if you are more than five years older than the person you have sex with. A person who has sex with someone between the ages of 13 and 15 faces progressive penalties that depend on whether they themselves are a minor, and/or whether they are within three (3) years of the other person’s age. A person who is 21 or older who has sex with someone under 17 faces up to seven years in prison. CALIFORNIA: The age of consent is 18 in California.If a person is over 21 and commits either offense, penalties are increased. A person 18 or older having sex with someone between 13 and 16 is guilty of sexual assault. If a person is under 11, a defendant must be at least 14 to prosecute. A person younger than 18 cannot be prosecuted for having sex with someone who is at least 15. A person younger than 21 cannot be prosecuted for having sex with someone who is at least 14. It is illegal for anyone to engage in sexual intercourse with a minor (someone under the age of 18), unless they are that person’s spouse.Maryland’s age of consent law applies differently if the older partner is in a position of trust or authority over the younger partner.MASSACHUSETTS: The age of consent is 16 in Massachusetts.

Below is a summary of punishments in Kentucky for those found guilty of being outside these lines.The justices based their ruling on a Massachusetts law that established the legal age of sexual consent as 16.The law states that so long as the sexual relationship is not otherwise “unlawful” or with a “chaste” individual, an adult may “entice” a minor age sixteen and older to engage in sexual intercourse. People who engage in sexual activity with children who are underage may be convicted of statutory rape (also called criminal sexual conduct).A person younger than 18 is not prosecuted for having sex with someone who is at least 14. Penalties increase when defendant is four (4) years older and again at ten (10) years older. If the person is under 16, a defendant must be over 16 to prosecute. COLORADO: The age of consent is 17 in Colorado, but has a Close-in-age statue.A person younger than 18 is not prosecuted for having sex with someone who is at least 13. In Colorado, a person who is under 15 can legally consent to have sex with someone who is no more than 4 years older.

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