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For example, if an 18-year-old claimed he didn't know how old his girlfriend was, but knew she was in seventh grade, the judge would probably consider that reckless.The age of consent in Ohio is 16, so 16- and 17-year-olds can legally engage in sexual conduct with an adult. Ohio law doesn't restrict "dating," but minors under the age of 16 cannot legally engage in sexual conduct with an adult over the age of 18.Generally, if an adult engages in sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 16, that adult has committed statutory rape.Even if the relationship doesn't constitute an age-related offense, the adult could still be brought up on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor or interference with custody.
Sexual conduct between a student and a teacher, or a student-athlete and a coach, would fall into this category.In Connecticut, there will be no prosecution if both parties’ are less than 13 years of age and the ages are 2 years apart or less.Similarly, children over the age of 13 can legally consent with another person if both parties are no more than 3 years apart in age.The age of consent, or the “age of protection” is the age at which a young person can legally consent to sexual activity. This means that as long as someone is 16 years old and the sexual activity is consensual, there is no criminal liability.Sexual contact with anyone under this age may be criminal, subject to a few exceptions.