Florida’s age of consent law is gross

Clearwater man, 20, accused of sex with girl, 15:

We’ll get to the age of consent thing in a minute.

First off 20-year-old Brandon O. Henderson of Clearwater, Florida has been arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old girl that he met on MySpace.

He tried claiming that ‘she said she was 16’, which if she was he would not have had a problem, but then allegedly admitted to police that he knew her age.

However, according to the article the Florida age of consent law goes a little something like this…

The age of consent in Florida is 18, but a close-in-age exemption exists. According to state statute, the exception permits a person 23 or younger to engage in legal sexual activity with a minor 16 or 17.

Why do they even have an age of consent law if a 23-year-old can have sex with a 16-year-old? The most the exception should be is 2 or 3 years.

Then again this is not surprising for Florida.