Below you will find Pennsylvania's statutes (laws) that dictate when various forms of sexual conduct are legal.Sexual conduct is legal if the persons involved are of an age where they can legally consent to such conduct, and do in fact consent to such conduct.Except as provided in section 3121 (relating to rape), a person commits a felony of the second degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant to whom the person is not married but less than eight years older than the complainant; or (2) eight years older but less than 11 years older than the complainant.
***Please note that even a communication that establishes an attempt to engage in sexual conduct with a person who cannot legally consent to such conduct with you is a violation of the law under 18 Pa. On October 10, 2010, PA legislature modified the then existing statute by creating two subparagraphs: (1)(i) which relates to conduct that is not forbidden by Chapter 31 (relating to sexual offenses), and 1(ii) which does relate to said conduct.
§ 6301(1)(i) "Whoever, being of the age of 18 years and upwards, by any act corrupts or tends to corrupt the morals of any minor less than 18 years of age, or who aids, abets, entices or encourages any such minor in the commission of any crime, or who knowingly assists or encourages such minor in violating his or her parole or any order of court, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree." § 6301(1)(ii) "Whoever, being of the age of 18 years and upwards, by any course of conduct in violation of Chapter 31 (relating to sexual offenses) corrupts or tends to corrupt the morals of any minor less than 18 years of age, or who aids, abets, entices or encourages any such minor in the commission of an offense under Chapter 31 commits a felony of the third degree." In order to violate § 6301(1)(ii), one would have to first violate one of the sex offense statutes under Chapter 31 which include the 4 previously mentioned offenses.
Regardless of age, non-consensual sexual conduct is strictly forbidden under Pennsylvania law.
It is also important to remember that Pennsylvania law, while permitting certain sexual conduct with persons of a certain age, may also forbid other types of conduct with persons of that age.
You cannot legally engage in sexual conduct with any person who is 4 or more years older than you.
F) , the earliest age that a person can legally consent to engaging in sexual conduct with you is 13.
Below these laws, we have summarized the age of consents that are applicable to persons aged 13 to 19.
Please note that these conditions may not be applicable to you depending upon your role with the other person, e.g., if you are a teacher, a coach, or a volunteer or employee of a nonprofit association.
So if you follow the age of consent conditions mention above, this would prevent violating those offenses. Code § 6318 (Unlawful contact with minor) falls within Chapter 63, and 18 Pa.
Code § 5903 (Obscene and other sexual materials and performances) falls under Chapter 59, so neither of these offenses could trigger a violation of this subparagraph of Corruption of Minors.
In order to overcome this confusion and be as clear as possible, we will discuss the age of consent as it pertains to specific statutes. Firstly, no one is permitted to engage in any sexual conduct with any person who is 12 years of age or younger.