There being a pertinent case in play — one’s 18, one’s 14 — Robert Stacy McCain offers this quote from the authorities:
“The idea is to protect people in that vulnerable group from people who are older, 18 and above,” said Bruce Colton, state attorney for Florida’s 19th circuit, which includes Indian River County and other parts of the Treasure Coast. “The statute specifically says that consent is not a defense.”
Colton said … this case exemplifies the purpose of the current law and added he would not support any effort to make consensual relationships among peers legal.
“There’s a big maturity difference between them,” he said. “You’re talking the difference between a senior in high school and a freshman in high school. That’s what the law is designed to protect.”
While I appreciate Mr Colton’s concern, I must note for the historical record that when I was a senior in high school, I was no more mature than the frosh.
(Then again, nothing happened. Nothing that violates any laws of Florida or, um, of South Carolina, anyway.)