Pursuant to KRS 510.020(3)(a), one of those situations is if said person is under 16 years old.
So, on a person’s 16th birthday, it might be possible for them to consent to sexual behavior.
If a person is under the age of 18 you may still have age-related sex crime problems.
Convincing or coercing someone under 18 into sexual activity can still be a serious problem.
And sometimes it matters whether the actor is more than 5 years older than the victim.
Sometimes the difference in their ages doesn’t matter at all.
In other words, a person must be at least 16 years old to be able to legally agree to sexual activity.
A 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity as long as the partner is less than five years older and there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.
Again, actual consent, lack of knowledge or misrepresentation of the true age are NOT defenses. One should also understand and fully appreciate the fact that while Iowa's "age of consent" is 16 years old, Federal law defines a "child" as anyone under the age of 18.
It is a federal offense to take sexually explicit photographs or cannot legally under federal law, photograph or videotape their "romantic" activities.
For those under the age of 16 the law has two distinctions: First, anybody 13 years of age or younger is considered to be a "child" under the law and thus, incapable of consent. For example if the teen is 14 years old, the partner must be 17 years old or younger.
Any sexual contact of any nature with a "child" will land you in prison and on the sex offender registry for a long time. For a teen that is 15 years old, the partner must be 18 years old or younger.
This offence is sometimes called "internet luring." The maximum penalty for this offence is 14 years.