To have sex with someone under the age of consent is a strict liability crime (in most states) known as statutory rape.
It is often referred to by other names such as sexual assault, sexual misconduct with a child, etc.
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In some states this problem was so bad that a 17-year-old boy that had consensual sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl would face up to 20 years in prison.
The following chart lists the unrestricted legal age of consent for each of the 50 united states and Washington DC.
This means that, at that age, an individual can have sex with whomever they wish as long as that person is consenting and they are the same age or older.
This was not a rare occurrence; many of these teenagers who were caught up in this legal maelstrom were otherwise model teenagers.
Many people have argued that these harsh penalties were not in line with the original intent of statutory rape legislation, to prevent naive youths from manipulative older men.