In Arkansas, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone 14 or younger), even if the sex is consensual. Those who break the law have committed statutory rape.
Is 17 legal age in Arkansas?
In Arkansas, a person must be at least 16 years old in order to consent to sex. Generally, when both parties are over 16 years of age, there will be no age-related legal issues concerning the validity of the consent between them.
What age is considered a minor in Arkansas?
18 (a) All persons of the age of eighteen (18) years shall be considered to have reached the age of majority and be of full age for all purposes. Until the age of eighteen (18) years is attained, they shall be considered minors.
Can a 17 year old date a 24 year old in Arkansas?
In Arkansas, it is illegal for an adult (someone 18 or older) to have sex with a minor (someone 14 or younger), even if the sex is consensual.
Can a 16 year old date a 21 year old in Arkansas?
Erica Durr. As per the sexual assault laws of Arkansas, this is indeed legal. As you said, the age of consent is 16. However, other issues may arise if he is in a position of power or a teacher--then other laws may apply.