Attorneys often get inquiries regarding the legality of sexual contact between young people. In Colorado, the age of consent is 17 (same sex or not). Colorado statute, however, provides some limited exceptions.
The Age of Consent in Colorado is 17
In Colorado, the age of consent is 17 (same sex or not). Colorado statute, however, provides close-in-age exceptions, which allow those 15 and 16 to engage in sex with those less than ten years older and those less than 15 to engage in sex with those less than four years older. (It is different if the eldest is in a position of trust with respect to the person under the age of eighteen. C.R.S. 18-3-405.3.)
Underage Sexual Assault
C.R.S. 18-3-402(1), states, in relevant part: "Any actor who knowingly inflicts sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim commits sexual assault if: ... (d) At the time of the commission of the act, the victim is less than fifteen years of age and the actor is at least four years older than the victim and is not the spouse of the victim; or (e) At the time of the commission of the act, the victim is at least fifteen years of age but less than seventeen years of age and the actor is at least ten years older than the victim and is not the spouse of the victim . . . ." If you have a child, friend or loved one that needs guidance regarding these issues please contact an attorney immediately.
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