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Accepted May To this effect, there are a few notable exceptions to the law: Youth 12 or 13 years of age can consent to nonexploitative sexual activity with peers when the age difference is no more than two years. For example, a year-old child is deemed capable of consenting to sexual activity with a year-old, but not a year-old.
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People under 16 are allowed to voluntarily have sexual contact with each other, as long as the following conditions are met: Younger Partner Is 12 or 13 Years Old The older partner is less than two years older than the younger partner. Some people are usually in a "position of authority" because of their jobs: Young People Ages 16 and 17 The law says that a or year-old can consent to sexual activities. But it is still a crime to take part in sexual activities with a or year-old if these elements are proved: The person accused of the crime was in a position of authority or trust toward the young person.
The young person was in a relationship of dependency with the accused.