When your teen wants to date someone significantly older or younger, dating becomes especially complicated.You and your teen need to be aware of your state's laws and consider the risks inherent in teens dating outside of their age group.Being charged with the crime of having sex with an under aged minor is a very serious matter.The punishment for this crime is much more severe in the military courts than in the United States criminal courts.Most importantly, you need to be able to come up with enforceable rules and limits that work for your family.There are no laws regulating who can date whom in the United States.Depending on whether the sex is consensual or not, the crime can be punishable by death.
This means that a member of the military who has sex with a person under the age of 16 is committing a crime.
In these states, it is a crime for anyone to have sexual contact with someone under the age of consent.
Although it rarely happens, two teens who are both under the age of consent could technically both be charged for having consensual sex in these states, even if they are the same age.
The age of consent -- the age at which a person can legally give consent to a sexual partner -- varies from 14 to 18. for an adult -- 18 or older -- to have sexual contact with someone younger than 16.
All states which place the age of consent younger than 16 years of age have provisions that differentiate between an adult sexual partner and a minor sexual partner. Some states consider the age difference between a teen and her sexual partner, both in determining whether a law has been broken and in determining how severe the charges should be.