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In some states an 18 or 19 year old cannot be charged with statutory felony rape of a consenting partner who is within a few years of his or her age. Please notice that he can still be charged on several other counts.

These laws provide for less harsh penalties (sentence max. up to 15 months) when a teen younger than 19 engages in voluntary sexual intercourse, sodomy or lewd touching with a teen between the ages of 14 and 16, provided the teens are of the opposite sex. The purpose is to differentiate real child molesting from the sex between teens of different ages. However it is yet not in place in all the states in US and even in states where it is applicable it is still not applicable to gay teenagers.

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