If a 16 year old male wants to pursue a sexual relationship with a 24 year old female, would there be a worry of being charged statutory rape?

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If a 16 year old male wants to pursue a sexual relationship with a 24 year old female, would there be a worry of being charged statutory rape?

Asked on August 9, 2015 under Criminal Law, California

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

In your state, a 24 year old having sex with a 16 year old--regardless of their respective genders--is a crime. Worse, given that 8 year age gap, it would most likely be a felony, or the more serious category of crime, with a potential punishment of more than one year in prison.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

In your state, a 24 year old having sex with a 16 year old--regardless of their respective genders--is a crime. Worse, given that 8 year age gap, it would most likely be a felony, or the more serious category of crime, with a potential punishment of more than one year in prison.


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