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C.s.r 18-3-402 is very clear about what constitutes sexual crimes, among other things it makes mention of rules regaurding sexual relations for actors who are under seventeen. It alludes to an "age of consent" by infering it is no crime for seventeen year olds to have sexual relations with any age group. However this is seemingly in conflict with CSR 18-3-404 which prohibits among other things sexual contact between an adult and a "child" defined as any person under 18. Many legal sources online including wikipedia.com and sexfacts.org point to the fact that it is legal (in colorado) for 17 year olds to have consentual sexual relations with other adults provided that adult is not in a position of trust. Is this true or does CSR 18-3-404 provide grounds for prosecution if an adult were to have sex with a 17 year old?
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I reviewed both statutes.
And the legal age of consent is 17 in Ohio, unless the adult is in a position of authority.
Ohio? That doesnt help me much. Im in colorado.
However, CSR 18-3-404 addresses coercion of someone under 18
I meant Colorado, sorry.
Does this make sense?
I see. So if the 17 year old is coerced in any way that can be prosecuted but a 17 year old can have sex consentually with adults?
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