It just so happens that, in Oregon, the punishment for sex with a 17 year old can be greater than the punishment for sex with a 14 year old.
Sounds to me like the legislature is basically saying, "hey, we don't want you to have any sex with minors, but better a 14 year old, where the consequences are less severe." In Oregon, it used to not be this way.
Marshall Hollins, 32, was arrested in March 2009 and charged with three counts of child pornography after photographing himself having sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend. In Illinois the age of consent for sex in Illinois is 17, but it is illegal to photograph anyone under the age of 18 engaged in a sexual act.
The age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years.
It was raised from 14 years on May 1, 2008 by the .
Is that really what the Oregon legislature is advising?
But if you're going to do it anyway, then it's better (legally) to have sex with a 14 year old than a 17 year old.