Again, consent is a legal term, not a factual term.
Illinois has multiple laws in place to protect minors from sexual exploitation.
Under Illinois law, the age of consent for any type of sexual activity is, typically, 17 years.
This means anyone younger than 17 years of age cannot lawfully consent to any type of sex act involving sexual conduct.
The reasons that these particular laws are necessary are clear.
They aim to protect the most vulnerable children in society from sexual abuse.
At this age, “consent” is a legal term, not a factual term.
To be blunt, a 17 year old boyfriend who touches, for his sexual gratification , the breasts of his 16 year old girlfriend has committed a sex crime, which could put him on the Illinois sex offender registration list.
In other words, the accused had a valid reason to believe that the other persons age was at, or beyond, the legal age of consent.Actually, any voluntary sexual activity between two 16 year olds could put both of them on the sex offender registration list.