State Laws. A. Statutory Rape - Criminal Offenses

09/25/2000

Sexual intercourse with someone less than 14 years of age is illegal regardless of the age of the defendant. Individuals over 14 years of age and less than 16 years of age can only consent to sexual intercourse with someone who is less than 18 years of age. In both cases, being married to the victim is an acceptable defense.[604]

Definition of Offenses

Offense Definition
Lewd or indecent proposals or acts to child under 16[605] In any indecent manner or in any manner relating to sexual matters or sexual interest—looking upon, touching, mauling, or feeling the body or private parts of someone under 16 years of age where the defendant is at least 3 years older than the victim.
2nd degree rape[606] Rape[607] committed upon someone less than 14 years of age where the defendant is less than 18 years of age and not the victim’s spouse.

Rape committed upon someone over 14 years of age and less than 16 years of age where the defendant is at least 18 years of age and not the victim’s spouse.

Rape by instrumentation[608] committed upon someone over 14 years of age and less than 16 years of age where the defendant is at least 18 years of age.

1st degree rape[609] Rape committed upon someone less than 14 years of age where the defendant is at least 18 years of age and not the victim’s spouse.

Rape by instrumentation committed upon someone less than 14 years of age.