Parents rarely know about those so there is little chance a 19 year old would be prosecuted in that case.

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Vermont Close-In-Age Exemption Vermont has a close-in-age exemption, also known as a "Romeo and Juliet law", to the legal age of consent.

A close-in-age exemption to the Vermont legal age of consent allows a minor 15 or 16 years old to engage ins sexual contact with a partner up to 19 years of age.

unless you're arguing that the 15 year old is too young to give consent.

What difference does it make if the 15 year old consents to sex with someone who is 17 rather than 18 with a person they just met a day ago?

They are going to have sex and I sure as shit do not want to see a 19 year old who is having consensual sex with a 15 year old branded for life as a sexual offender.

This provision allows partners who are close in age, or both under the Vermont age of consent, to engage in consensual sex without fear of prosecution under Vermont age of consent regulations.

Vermont's specific laws on the Age of Consent can be found above.

If you engage in sexual activity with a minor who is under the Vermont Age of Consent of 16, you can be prosecuted under Vermont sexual abuse laws and charged with crimes ranging from sexual assault to first degree rape, regardless of whether or not the sexual acts were consensual.

For more information, read about close-in-age exemptions. A 19 year old kid shouldn't be placed on a sex offenders list for the rest of their life for having sex with a girl or boy only 3.5 years younger. But its most certainly not deserving of extreme punishment.