State Laws. A. Statutory Rape - Criminal Offenses

09/25/2000

Children less than 14 years of age are unable to consent to sexual acts regardless of the age of the defendant.[733] Sexual acts with children less than 17 years of age and at least 14 years of age are illegal if the defendant is more than 3 years older than the victim.[734]

Definition of Offenses

Offense Definition
Indecency with a child[735] Sexual contact[736] with someone less than 17 years of age where the defendant is 3 or more years older than the victim.[737]
Sexual assault[738] Sexually assaulting[739] someone at least 14 years of age and less than 17 years of age where the defendant is 3 or more years older than the victim.
Aggravated sexual assault[740] Sexually assaulting someone less than 14 years of age.

Note: Marriage is a defense to all of the offenses listed above.