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Legal Age to Consent to Sex in Ohio

The legal age to consent to sex in Ohio is 16.  Laws are different in every state.

Age-Related Sex Offenses in Ohio

Victim Age               Suspect Age               Legal?               Penalty

13                              13-17                           Yes  

13                              18-22                           No                      F4

13                              23 and older               No                      F3

 

14                              13-17                          Yes                     

14                              18-23                          No                       F4

14                              24 and older              No                      F3

 

15                              13-17                          Yes

15                              18                                No                       M1

15                              19-24                          No                      F4

15                              25 and older             No                       F3



16                             18 and older              Yes


If the offender is 18 or over and the victim is under 13, the offense is rape, a 1st degree felony with up to life in prison.

If the offender is 18 or over, but less than 4 years older than the victim, and the victim is 13-15, the offense is unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a 1st degree misdemeanor.

If the offender is 18 or over and the victims is 13-15, the offense is unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a 4th degree felony.

If the offender is 10 or more years older than the victim and the victim is 13-15, the offense is unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a 3rd degree felony.


If the offender is 13-17 and the victim is 13-17, this is not a sex offense unless it is forced or coerced.  Parents may intervene with other charges like contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child or interfere with custody, though these are not sex offenses.