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That person knows or has reasonable cause to believe that the other person suffers from a mental disease or defect which renders that other person incapable of understanding the nature of that other person's conduct; c.
I am 15 soon to be 16, and I was wondering would I be able to date a 21 year old?
We would like to stop sneaking around and actually have a real relationship.
We dont want to be sexually active we just want to be with eachother.
** Note: In the absence of an affirmative or negative, we have presumed the answer to be no.
Also, some states only allow mistake of age above a certain age.
Other states imply a different method which, like the federal statute, takes into account the relative ages of both people.
In these states, such as Texas, the age of consent is determined by age differentials between the two persons and limited by a minimum age.For example, a state might set a minimum age of 14, but limit consent to partners who are within 3 years of their age.This would allow a sixteen year old to lawfully have sex with a fourteen year old, but make it criminal for an eighteen year old to have sex with that same fourteen year old.For example, a state might set the age of consent at 18.In this hypothetical state, two seventeen year olds who had consensual sex could both theoretically be convicted of statutory rape.Statutory rape is a strict liability crime, meaning that the consent of the younger person or mistake about their age is not a defense.