State Laws. A. Statutory Rape - Criminal Offenses

09/25/2000

Engaging in sexual conduct with someone less than 13 years of age is illegal regardless of the age of the defendant (unless the defendant and victim are married and living together).[589] Sexual conduct with someone who is at least 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age is illegal if the defendant is at least 18 years of age and not the victim’s spouse.[590]

Definition of Offenses

Offense Definition
Importuning[591] Soliciting someone less than 13 years of age to engage in sexual activity,[592] whether or not the defendant knows the age of the victim.

Soliciting someone at least 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age to engage in sexual conduct[593] where the defendant is at least 18 years of age, 4 or more years older than the victim, and not the victim’s spouse—whether or not the defendant knows the age of the victim.

Gross sexual imposition[594] Sexual contact[595] with someone less than 13 years of age where the defendant is not the victim’s spouse—whether or not the defendant knows the age of the victim.
Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor[596] Engaging in sexual conduct with someone the defendant knows to be at least 13 years of age and less than 16 years of age (or is reckless in that regard) and the defendant is at least 18 years of age and not the victim’s spouse.[597]
Rape[598] Sexual conduct with someone less than 13 years of age where the defendant and victim are not married and living together— whether or not the defendant knows the age of the victim.