State Laws. A. Statutory Rape - Criminal Offenses

09/25/2000

Children under 16 years of age are deemed incapable of consent regardless of the age of the defendant.[748] Sexual intercourse with someone who is at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age is legal if the defendant is less than 10 years older than the victim.[749]

Definition of Offenses

Offense Definition
Sexual abuse of a minor[750] Sexual abuse[751] of someone at least 14 years of age and less than 16 years of age where the defendant is at least 7 years older than the victim.
Unlawful sexual conduct with a 16 or 17 year old[752] Sexual conduct[753] with someone at least 16 years of age and less than 18 years of age where the defendant is 10 or more years older than the victim.
Unlawful sexual activity with a minor[754] Sexual activity[755] with someone at least 14 years of age and less than 16 years of age.[756]
Sexual abuse of a child[757] Sexual abuse of someone less than 14 years of age.[758]
Object rape of a child[759] Object rape[760] of someone less than 14 years of age.
Rape of a child[761] Sexual intercourse with someone less than 14 years of age.

Note: Marriage is a defense to all of the offenses listed above.[762]