In Ohio, the age of consent for sex is 16 years old.
This means that, generally speaking, someone who is 16 can consent to sex with an older person, no matter what the age difference is between them.
It is a fourth degree felony if the defendant is four or more (but fewer than ten) years older than the victim.
Penalties include a fine of up to ,000, at least six months in jail (and up to 18 months in prison), or both.
Ohio’s age of consent law currently only applies to heterosexual sexual encounters.However, if the perpetrator is a decade or more than the victim, then the perpetrator could face a total of 20 years in prison.Facing any jail time is scary, especially if that time is a decade or more.And for information about rape between spouses, see Ohio Marital Rape Laws.Statutory rape is prosecuted under Ohio’s rape and sex crime laws.