I threw this page together after noticing people asking what the legal age of consent was in Georgia on craigslist.org. Click on a “tag” to the right to find relevant law in Georgia.
On age of consent: there’s not one. At least, there is not something called “age of consent” that you will find in the Georgia Code.
What you will find are statutes that make various things illegal. For example, a person is guilty of enticing a child for indecent purposes if someone takes someone under 16 somewhere for the purpose of committing an indecent act. O.C.G.A. § 16-6-5(a) (2007). However, you will also be guilty, or could be guilty of something like statutory rape. See O.C.G.A. § 16-6-3(a). Generally, these are both felony offenses. The exception seems to depend on your age. If you are 17, and the person you have sex with is 14, then what you’re committing is a misdemeanor. O.C.G.A. § 16-6-5(c) (2007).
Keep in mind, there are TONS of other ways to get in trouble around “children.” For example, O.C.G.A. § 16-12-100 governs “sexual exploitation of children” and defines children as someone who is under the age of 18. That statute makes it a crime to (among other things) tape, or allow your “children” to perform sexual acts on a visual medium. I mention this example only to state that, while 16 may be “legal,” in one sense, it is certainly not legal in other senses.
My recommendation: while the legal “age of consent” may be 16, your best bet is to avoid anyone under the age of 18. If they’re in high school, and you are not, then stay away! Keep in mind that I am not a lawyer, and the code listed to the right is not the total Georgia Code, and that there may even be applicable federal laws, and there may also be some municipal codes (especially when it comes to sex in public). This website is not “legal advice,” but simply a quick reference on some of the relevant code in Georgia. For the complete and official Georgia Code, click here. Municode.com provides a great resource for your local code.