Adults dating minors protection
For example, an 18-year-old high school senior might be dating a 15-year-old high school sophomore.
While sexual conduct would still violate Ohio's age of consent law, it would only be considered a misdemeanor offense.
Rather, a judge would consider the minor's circumstances in determining whether to consider her legally emancipated.
If the minor is married, enlisted in the armed forces, or self-supporting and living on his own, he is more likely to be considered emancipated.
A current or previous dating or marital relationship shall not besufficient to constitute consent where consent is at issue in aprosecution under Section 261, 262, 286, 288a, or 289.
(a) Unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexualintercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of theperpetrator, if the person is a minor.
If a minor is legally emancipated, she has all the rights and privileges of an adult despite her age.
However, unlike many other states, Ohio does not have a specific law dealing with emancipation of minors.
In prosecutions under Section 261, 262, 286, 288a, or 289,in which consent is at issue, "consent" shall be defined to meanpositive cooperation in act or attitude pursuant to an exercise offree will.
The person must act freely and voluntarily and haveknowledge of the nature of the act or transaction involved.
(3) In addition to any punishment imposed under this section, thejudge may assess a fine not to exceed seventy dollars ($70) againstany person who violates this section with the proceeds of this fineto be used in accordance with Section 1463.23.