In North Carolina, the age of consent for sexual contact is 16 years old. So long as both parties consented to the sexual contact, it appears as though no laws have been broken.
This is not a crime UNLESS she is in a parental role or is a teacher, employee, or volunteer with the 17 year old's school. The age of consent in North Carolina is 16.
As a side note, for non-legal reasons, women who illegally have sex with young boys are traditionally punished more lightly than men who illegally have sex with young girls.
Your friend may want to consult on a CONFIDENTIAL basis with an experienced attorney, just to make certain. As stated, there are exceptions to the Age of Consent Laws in North Carolina.
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