As any good lawyer will answer any question, "it depends." But, the simplest answer is 17 years old. In Colorado, a 17-year-old can consent to sexual activity of any kind with a person of any age. But, there are exceptions.
A 17-year-old cannot consent to sex with a parent, teacher, coach, babysitter, pastor, or anyone else that is in a Position of Trust with the 17-year-old (CRS §, 18-3-405.3). Position of trust is a broad definition and generally applies to any person that acts as a trusted adult to the child or anyone that the parents would think of as a trusted adult. If there is a position of trust, the age of consent is 18 years. Sex with a person under 18 in a position of trust is charged as sexual assault on a child, a class 3 felony with lifetime supervision on probation, parole, or prison, sex offender treatment, and sex offender registration. CRS §18-3-405.3(3)
A person 15 - 17 years of age cannot consent to sex with a person 10 years or more older than them. Sex under these circumstances is charged as Sexual Assault or statutory rape. It is only a class 1 misdemeanor, but penalties include sex offender registration, sex offender treatment, and a possible 2-year jail sentence. CRS §18-3-402(1)(e)
A person under 15 years of age cannot consent to sex nor any sexual contact with a person 4 years or more than them. Sex under these circumstances is charged as Sexual Assault on a Child or Sexual Assault. It is a class 4 felony, with penalties including sex offender registration, sex offender treatment, and a possible prison sentence. CRS §18-3-405 (for any sexual contact), CRS § 18-3-402(1)(d) (for sex)
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Consent must be voluntary and not given through the threat or application or force. Consent may be found invalid if the person is intoxicated or otherwise impaired or unconscious.
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