State Laws. A. Statutory Rape - Criminal Offenses

09/25/2000

In Louisiana, an individual can legally consent to sexual intercourse when he or she is 17 years of age.[330] Sexual intercourse with a child less than 13 years of age is illegal regardless of the age of the defendant. In cases where the victim is at least 15 years of age and less than 17 years of age, the defendant must be no more than 2 years older than the victim for sexual intercourse to be legal.[331]

Definition of Offenses

Offense Definition
Misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile[332] Sexual intercourse[333] with someone at least 15 years of age and less than 17 years of age where the defendant is at least 17 years of age and less than 19 years of age and more than 2 years older than the victim.
Indecent behavior with juveniles[334] With the intention of arousing or gratifying the sexual desires of either party—committing lewd or lascivious acts upon (or in the presence of) someone less than 17 years of age where the defendant is more than 2 years older than the victim.
Felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile[335] Sexual intercourse with someone at least 12 years of age and less than 17 years of age where the defendant is at least 19 years of age.
Sexual intercourse with someone at least 12 years of age and less than 15 years of age where the defendant is at least 17 years of age.
Sexual battery[336] Committing sexual battery[337] against someone less than 15 years of age where the defendant is 3 or more years older than the victim.
Oral Sexual battery[338] Committing oral sexual battery[339] against someone less than 15 years of age where the defendant is 3 or more years older than the victim.
Aggravated rape[340] Sexual intercourse with someone less than 13 years of age.

Note: With the exception of Aggravated Rape, marriage is a defense to all of these offenses.