That's what I thought too, but many of the laws quoted on that page are of the "no one over the age of 18 shall have sexual intercourse with anyone under the age of 16" variety, making it sound as if 16 is legal to adults.
18 is the applicable age under much relevant Federal legislation dealing with use of interstate communications to persuade or entice, transport of minors for immoral purposes, etc.
10 to 25 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of five years if the victim is between age 10 and 16 and 10 years if the victim is under age 10.
The combined sentence and special parole must equal at least 10 years(1) Fixed term of 10 years with up to 10 years added or four subtracted for aggravating and mitigating circumstances or (2) if the offender actor is at least age 21, a fixed term of 30 years, with up to 20 years added or 10 subtracted.
Can you meet some 16 year old who's working at mcdonalds, and tell them you'd like to take them home for sex, and then just do it, legally? I just think it's odd that a million little things in popular culture made me certain anyone under 18 was jailbait for an adult, but apparently that isn't the case?
I may not be right, but as I understand it, a 16 yo having sex with another 16 yo in a state where 16 is the age of consent, is not statutory rape.
For example, California, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, and New York reserve their harshest statutory rape penalty for offenders who are age 21 or older.
(1) If the minor is under age 15, five years in prison; (2) if the offender is at least age 18 or is tried as an adult and the minor was age 12 or younger, life in prison and the offender is ineligible for release until serving 35 years; (3) if the offender is at least 18 or tried as an adult and the victim is age 12, 13, or 14, the presumptive sentence is 20 years; or (4) if the minor is at least age 15, it is punishable by one year in prison Sexual assault to knowingly inflicts sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim (1) under age 15 if the actor is at least four years older or (2) at least 15 years old but less than 17 years old and the actor is at least 10 years older.
Some states base the penalty for violations on the age of the offender, with older offenders receiving harsher penalties.The fact that the offender was less than four years older than the victim at the time of the act is an affirmative defense.(1) Six to 18 months in prison, (2) if the actor is less that four years older than the victim, a $ 1,000 fine, or (3) if the actor is 10 or more years older than the victim, one to five years in prison.Purchase is prohibited, but youth MAY PURCHASE for law enforcement purposes. Notes: Although the amendment creating the law enforcement exception was approved in July of 2005, the effective date for the exception was made retroactive to September 27, 2004.