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In the state of illinois is it legal for a 17 year old to date

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In the state of illinois is it legal for a 17 year old to date a 27 year old? If it is legal or illegal can you guide me to where i can print this out to show it to my daughter or her mother so I may end this fight.
Under IL law, while the age of consent is 17. IL Statute 720 ILCS 5/12-15 states:

(c) The accused commits criminal sexual abuse if he or she commits an act of sexual penetration or sexual conduct with a victim who was at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age and the accused was less than 5 years older than the victim.


Some websites claim the age for sexual abuse is a person under 18, but the law is as quoted above and specifically says 17.



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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

This is the same information I have found and do not understand that is why I put in the ages. Since he is over 5 years older than her is it illegal or does the age of consent trump the 5 years...what does the 5 years age difference mean?


If the victim is UNDER 17, then the age difference cannot be more than 5 years than her. But since she is 17 there is no age difference and it is not a violation of the IL law.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you very much sir! you have more than satisfied me with your answer....however i was hoping you would have said i could press charges against him. Thank you.

I know you were hoping otherwise and as a father who has a daughter I agree with you 100%, but our legislators in many states do not seem to agree with us. Thank you and please do not forget to click on excellent service feedback so that I receive credit for assisting you.