In a Nutshell: Sex between an 18 year-old and a 15 year-old is illegal in California, meaning any touching of “private parts” of either, even with consent of both parties (and perhaps even the parents of each teenager) is illegal in California because the age of consent is 18.
What is the law for an 18 year old dating a minor in California?
In California, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone younger than 18), even if the sex is consensual. Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
Is 15 and 17 a bad age gap?
Is 15 and 17 an acceptable age difference for dating? Two years age difference is negligible by most measurements. The trick is about the sex factor, and the fact that minors are protected by law, and with good reason.
Can you date a 17 if your 18 in California?
In California, the age of consent is 18. For example, if a teenager is 17-years-of-age or younger, he or she cannot legally consent to sexual activity. Therefore, if an adult age 18 or older has sex with someone who is 17 or younger, they can face criminal charges under Californias statutory rape law.