However, Ohio Revised Code 2907.02(B) provides a rare factual exception to the harsh penalties of a first-degree felony offense, specifically: If an offender is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of division (A)(1)(b) of this section, if the offender was less than sixteen years of age at the time the offender committed the violation of that division, and if the offender during or immediately after the commission of the offense did not cause serious physical harm to the victim, the victim was ten years of age or older at the time of the commission of the violation, and the offender has not previously been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of this section or a substantially similar existing or former law of this state, another state, or the United States, the court shall not sentence the offender to a prison term or term of life imprisonment pursuant to section 2971.03 of the Revised Code, and instead the court shall sentence the offender as otherwise provided in this division. In other words, if the offender was a juvenile of 15 years old or younger, and the victim was over the age of 10 but under the age of 13, that juvenile offender would receive a punishment, but not a prison term or life in prison.Ohio law gives young people some autonomy over their individual choices regarding sexual activity – under very specific circumstances. If the age gap between the minor and the adult is ten years or more (so, 14-year-old and 25-year-old for example), the adult could face a felony of the third degree.
The Law covers all public employers and private employers with four or more employees (For a Limited Time receive a FREE HR Report on the "Critical HR Recordkeeping”.Get familiar with these laws, so you and your partner know what is or isn’t legal in your state. Keep in mind that the laws may be different depending on the type of sexual behavior—vaginal, anal or oral—and the gender of your partner. However, young adults aged 16 and 17 may freely engage in consensual sexual activity with other individuals of their age, 16 and 17 years old, and with an adult over the age of 18, so long as that activity is consensual. Of course, the age of consent and “statutory rape” apply to situations where all parties agree that the sexual activity that occurred was consensual.Should a young adult under the age of 16 but over the age of 13 engage in sexual activity with an adult over the age of 18, and the age gap between the minor and the adult is four years or less, the adult could be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree. Sexual activity without consent is another area for another post.