I have read that there is a 5 year difference rule.

I saw her during the week and just acted casually, come friday (today) she was finishing work and leaving and we got walking and talking, after some exchanges I asked her if she'd given my coffee invitation some thought and she said "As much as I'd like to say yes...

I don't know if you know but you're 6 years older than me" I was pretty much taken aback, although I hadn't asked her age previously, I made some pretty educated guesses to reach a minimum age of 18.

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Illinois Okay.

I've seen other similar posts that got stickied with links to unhelpful websites.

And to the weird guy who has a daughter and would like to kill the OP: Maybe I would feel differently if I had a daughter that age but I sure feel sorry for your daughter. I'd be respectful but I don't know if I'd not see her because of it. Naturally i want to protect her and if that make me weird then so be it. Oh, and just in response (kind of) to blueberryman's posts, about fathers and such, the girls dad had no problem with things either. I'm an almost 20 year old guy, I have a job, I have a car, I go to school, I don't touch drugs, I drink maybe three times a year and when I do, its in a friends basement where I know I'm staying for the night.

I honestly am not so much looking for permission as I am curious about the thoughts of others. And if you had a daughter you might have a friggin clue, I dated a girl who was only a few months into being 17... I had made an exception in her case, because I had my own little rules for dating anyone more than a couple years younger than me. Her mother loved me, although it helped that her mom knew me. I'm well read, I keep up with the news, I'm active politically, I would rather watch a movie made 50 years before I was born than the latest torture-porn at the theatres.

- Legal under the 5 year rule Our ages 17 and 22 are 5 years apart.

Illegal = 5 years difference does the law consider as much detail as the months and days between our birthdays, or only just the solid years of our ages?

I knew she was still in high school but I figured she was either 18 or close to it, but then she said she was just turning 17. I've never dated a girl younger than me even, but I really do like this girl. She's almost 3 years younger than me but she's not a little kid or anything either.