The age of consent can vary among states, and some states differentiate between consensual sex between minors who are close in age (for example, two teenagers of the same age), as opposed to sex between a minor and a much older adult.Though statutory rape does not require that the prosecutor prove an assault, it is still rape. If a person is 18 years of age or older, then it is a crime for that person to have sexual conduct (including oral sex) with a person who is under 16 years old.In such a case (where the accuser is between 13 and 16 years old), the actor is guilty of the crime of “Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor,” in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.04(A).Because of this, it is not clear what Ohio’s age of consent is for homosexual conduct, although it may be assumed that it is the same as the age for consent to heterosexual acts.
However, such laws have been rendered unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, so long as the parties are consenting adults acting only in private settings.
One major exception is if someone is a teacher, administrator, coach, or in another position of authority over the accuser.
If a person is in such a position of authority, and engages in sexual conduct with a minor (defined as under the age of 18 under Ohio law), then the person in authority may be guilty of the crime of “Sexual Battery,” in violation of Ohio Revised Code Section 2907.03(A)(8),(9), and (13).
And for information about rape between spouses, see Ohio Marital Rape Laws.
Statutory rape is prosecuted under Ohio’s rape and sex crime laws.