State Laws. A. Statutory Rape - Criminal Offenses

09/25/2000

An individual less than 16 years of age is unable to consent to sexual activities with a person 4 or more years older than him or her.[172]

Definition of Offenses

Offense Definition
2nd degree child sexual abuse[173] Sexual contact[174] with someone less than 16 years of age where the defendant is at least 4 years older than the victim.[175]
1st degree child sexual abuse[176] Engaging in a sexual act[177] with someone less than 16 years of age where the defendant is at least 4 years older than the victim.[178]

Note: These crimes are only applicable in cases where the defendant and victim were not married to one another at the time of the offense.[179]