Rules about dating a minor
(b) Any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is not more than three years older or three years younger than the perpetrator, is guilty of a misdemeanor.(c) Any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor who is more than three years younger than the perpetrator is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170.California statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age 18 who is not their spouse.Punishments vary depending on the respective ages of both victim and offender.
Close in age exemptions exist allowing 16 and 17 year olds to engage in sexual intercourse with partners who are less than 10 years older, and minors younger than 15 to engage in sexual congress with those less than 4 years older.(D) An adult over the age of 21 years who engages in an act of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 years of age is liable for a civil penalty not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars (,000).(2) The district attorney may bring actions to recover civil penalties pursuant to this subdivision.(3) In addition to any punishment imposed under this section, the judge may assess a fine not to exceed seventy dollars () against any person who violates this section with the proceeds of this fine to be used in accordance with Section 1463.23.The court shall, however, take into consideration the defendant’s ability to pay, and no defendant shall be denied probation because of his or her inability to pay the fine permitted under this subdivision.