Most states do not refer specifically to statutory rape; instead they use designations such as sexual assault and sexual abuse to identify prohibited activity.
Additionally, a person under 17 can legally consent to sex with a person who is no more than 10 years older.16: Thus, instead of including force as a criminal element, theses crimes make it illegal for anyone to engage in sexual intercourse with anyone below a certain age, other than his spouse.
The age of consent varies by state, with most states, including Connecticut, setting it at age 16.18: Having sex with someone under 18, if the offender is over 30, is also considered rape.
To qualify for removal under “Romeo and Juliet,” the victim must have been at least 14 years old and the offender no more than four years older.16: In Georgia, the age of consent to engage in sex is 16.
However, there can be no conviction for statutory rape in Georgia based only on the unsupported testimony of the victim.
For example, California, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, and New York reserve their harshest statutory rape penalty for offenders who are age 21 or older.
(1) If the minor is under age 15, five years in prison; (2) if the offender is at least age 18 or is tried as an adult and the minor was age 12 or younger, life in prison and the offender is ineligible for release until serving 35 years; (3) if the offender is at least 18 or tried as an adult and the victim is age 12, 13, or 14, the presumptive sentence is 20 years; or (4) if the minor is at least age 15, it is punishable by one year in prison Sexual assault to knowingly inflicts sexual intrusion or sexual penetration on a victim (1) under age 15 if the actor is at least four years older or (2) at least 15 years old but less than 17 years old and the actor is at least 10 years older.
But lawyers for young defendants accused of having sex with 14- and 15-year-olds now can pose a defense against charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.16: In Iowa, the general age of consent to engage in sex is 16.
However, both females and males may consent to sex at age 14 so long as their partner is no more than 4 years older. Unlike some states, the Iowa age of consent law applies equally to both homosexual and heterosexual conduct.16: In Kansas, the age of consent for sexual activity is 16.
10 to 25 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of five years if the victim is between age 10 and 16 and 10 years if the victim is under age 10.
The combined sentence and special parole must equal at least 10 years(1) Fixed term of 10 years with up to 10 years added or four subtracted for aggravating and mitigating circumstances or (2) if the offender actor is at least age 21, a fixed term of 30 years, with up to 20 years added or 10 subtracted.
This map displays the general legal ages of consent for heterosexual sex in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and inhabited U. In Arkansas, a person must be at least 16 years old in order to consent to sex.17: Close-in-age: In Colorado, a person who is under 15 can legally consent to have sex with someone who is no more than 4 years older.