I've heard rumors that you are legaly an adult at 17 now. Until then, dating is fine, any kind of penetration is illegal for your guy (although only a misdemeanor for the older person if consenual). A 15 yr old isn't capable of handling a relationship of this nature at that age.
In Maryland, the penetration consent age is 16, and the fondling consent age is 14. ) You get to move out when your 18 or when your parents allow you to. A NORMAL 24 yr old wouldn't and shouldn't want anything to do with a 15 yr old. It's not so much the # of years as it is the time frame. Hopefully, if you are having a relationship with a 24 yr old, someone will find out and press charges.
Other states imply a different method which, like the federal statute, takes into account the relative ages of both people.
Even with charges such as Solicitation of a minor - in this law there is no stipulation about age difference.
Each state takes a different approach as the age of consent has ranged from 10 to 18.
A 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity as long as the partner is less than five years older and there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.
The age of consent in other states ranges from ages 14 to 18.
Some states base the penalty for violations on the age of the offender, with older offenders receiving harsher penalties.
All sexual activity without consent is a criminal offence, regardless of age.
These are serious offences that carry serious penalties, including mandatory minimum penalties. In some cases, the age of consent is higher (for example, when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency).