State Laws. A. Statutory Rape - Criminal Offenses

09/25/2000

Engaging in sexual penetration with someone under 16 years of age is illegal, except in cases where the victim is at least 13 years of age and the defendant is less than 4 years older than the victim. Engaging in sexual penetration with someone less than 13 years of age is illegal regardless of the defendant’s age.[507]

Definition of Offenses

Offense Definition
Criminal sexual contact[508] Sexual contact[509] with someone at least 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age where the defendant is at least 4 years older than the victim.
Sexual assault[510] Sexual contact with someone less than 13 years of age where the defendant is at least 4 years older than the victim.

Sexual penetration[511] with someone at least 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age where the defendant is at least 4 years older than the victim.

Aggravated sexual assault[512] Sexual penetration with someone less than 13 years of age.