The age of consent is 16 but please be careful there are other issues you must consider.
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The age of consent is 16. The problem is that being of the age to consent in sexual intercourse and considering issues like corrupting the morals of a minor, often overlap. The 17 year old is still a minor and subject to the parents rules and regulations in their home. You should talk with an attorney about those issues and also discuss issues surrounding emancipation of a minor.
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