Love knows no bounds, but it can be impacted by the law.
Like every other state, Ohio regulates what kind of conduct people can engage in with others depending on the ages of the people involved.
§ 6318) (a) Offense defined – A person commits an offense if he is intentionally in contact with a minor for the purpose of engaging in an activity prohibited under any of the following, and either the person initiating the contact or the person being contacted is within this Commonwealth: (c)Definitions "Contacts" – Direct or indirect contact or communication by any means, method or device, including any contact or communication in person or through an agent or agency, through any print medium, the mails, a common carrier or communication common carrier, any electronic communication system and any telecommunications, wire, computer, or radio communications device or system.
Statutory sexual assault Except as provided in section 3121 (relating to rape), a person commits a felony of the second degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant under the age of 16 years and that person is four or more years older than the complainant and the complainant and the person are not married to each other.
While dating a minor may not necessarily be illegal, certain activities are prohibited in Ohio.
The age of consent can vary among states, and some states differentiate between consensual sex between minors who are close in age (for example, two teenagers of the same age), as opposed to sex between a minor and a much older adult.
Most states have set it at 16, but some are at 17 or 18.
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone younger than 16), even if the sex is consensual.
I think the feelings are mutual and that one day we might date if we can work things out between me being a high school student, and him being a college student.
What does the law say about our dating and age difference? (a) A person commits an offense if, with a child younger than 17 years and not the person's spouse, whether the child is of the same or opposite sex, the person: (1) engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the child to engage in sexual contact; or (2) with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person: (A) exposes the person's anus or any part of the person's genitals, knowing the child is present; or (B) causes the child to expose the child's anus or any part of the child's genitals.
Though statutory rape does not require that the prosecutor prove an assault, it is still rape.