Age Of Consent Laws State By State

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez met Eliza Kruger at a night club in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve. Soon they were sharing a romantic dinner and going back to his place in New Jersey for a little intimacy.

It all seems on the up and up – until you find out that Eliza Kruger is a senior in high. But wait, before you get your panties in a bunch, you should know that the legal age of consent in both New York and New Jersey is 16.

Read the whole story: The Somewhat Romantic Story Of Mark Sanchez And A 17-Year-Old Girl

My boyfriend and I have often argued about the various ages of consent across America. And now lucky for you we’ve finally done something about it and found out each state’s age of consent. The findings may surprise you.

States with an age of consent set at 16:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia

States with an age of consent set at 17:
Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Texas

States with an age of consent set at 18:
Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.


Since no law is black and white, be sure to check out the details of each state’s age of consent law before you run off to pick up on a 16-year-old. Ages of consent in North America – State Laws

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