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Free Consultation Call Any person, sixteen years of age or older, who knowingly engages in sexual contact with another person, other than that person's spouse if the other person is under the age of sixteen years is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
If the actor is less than three years older than the other person, the actor is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
If an adult has a previous conviction for a felony violation of this section, any subsequent felony conviction for a violation under this section, is a Class 2 felony.
Sexual contact with child under sixteen years of age—Violation as misdemeanor. Any person, younger than sixteen years of age, who knowingly engages in sexual contact with another person, other than his or her spouse, if such other person is younger than sixteen years of age, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The age of consent in Tennessee is A close-in-age exemption allows minors aged 13—17 to engage in sexual penetration with partners less than 4 years older.
Penalties differ depending on the age of the minor, as well as the age difference between the minor and the offender. Statutory rape. Aside from situations involving a position of authority, the only age limit for non-penetrative sexual contact appears to be There are two laws concerning age of consent in Texas: one sets the age of consent for sexual activity at 17  and the other sets the age of consent for inducement of sexual conduct and for sexual activity involving "visual representation or employment" at The Texas Department of Public Safety , the state law enforcement agency, considers the age of consent as Texas age of consent is 17 years in regards to sexual activity alone.
When inducement is an element of Some confusion arises regarding the applicability of section However, in John Perry DORNBUSCH, Appellant, v.
The STATE of Texas  as well as in Summers v. State , CR, S. No age is specified by the statute thus, even if the student has reached the age of consent, it is still a violation , and violations are a second degree felony.
People convicted under The law exists to prevent scenarios where a teacher or employee coerces a student into a sexual relationship in exchange for higher grades or other favors.
In , Helen Giddings , a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives , first authored the anti student-teacher sex bill but only intended for it to take effect if the student is 17 or younger.
Warren Chisum of Pampa removed the maximum age from the bill. Shortly after the law passed, a teacher engaged in sexual intercourse with her year-old student, and a Texas court refused to indict her.
Afterwards, criminal prosecutions of teachers in relationships with students going to other schools in the same school district, including teachers of other educational levels, began occurring.
In response to this law, Houston lawyer Dick DeGuerin stated "Unless there's real strong evidence of a teacher trading sex for grades or using improper influence, then it's a statute that is really open to abuse.
In Utah , the minimum age to consent to sexual conduct is All ages mentioned are "at the time of the act". Unlawful sexual conduct with a or year-old.
An individual commits unlawful sexual conduct with a minor if they are 10 or more years older, or seven or more years older but less than 10 years older and knew or reasonably should have known the age of the minor and under circumstances not amounting to rape, object rape, forcible sodomy, forcible sexual abuse, aggravated sexual assault, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, or an attempt to commit any of those offenses :.
Sexual abuse of a minor. An individual commits sexual abuse of a minor if the individual is four years or more older than the minor and under circumstances not amounting to rape, object rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual assault, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, or an attempt to commit any of those offenses the individual touches the anus, buttocks, pubic area, or any part of the genitals of the minor, or touches the breast of a female minor, or otherwise takes indecent liberties with the minor, with the intent to cause substantial emotional or bodily pain to any individual or with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any individual regardless of the sex of any participant.
This is a class A misdemeanor. Unlawful adolescent sexual activity. Unlawful adolescent sexual activity for Adolescents of various ages is:.
Title 13 V. However it rises to 18 if the person is related to the minor or in a position of authority over him. The age of consent in Virginia is 18,   with a close-in-age exception that allows teenagers aged 15 to 17 to engage in sexual acts but only with a partner younger than The state code defines felony statutory rape as crimes against those under 15, while adults who have sex with minors over 15 can be prosecuted for a misdemeanor offense,  "contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The legal age for non-penetrative sexual contact is If any person carnally knows, without the use of force, a child thirteen years of age or older but under fifteen years of age, such person shall be guilty of For the purposes of this section, i a child under the age of thirteen years shall not be considered a consenting child and ii "carnal knowledge" includes the acts of sexual intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, analingus, anal intercourse, and animate and inanimate object sexual penetration.
Consensual sex where one partner is 15, 16 or 17 and the other is over 18 is a class 1 misdemeanor. Causing or encouraging acts rendering children delinquent, abused, etc.
As of the state was attempting to prosecute a year-old man who had oral sex with a year-old girl with a "crimes against nature" law, an anti-sodomy which forbids people from engaging in anal and oral sex and makes these acts a felony offense.
The year-old had been convicted under a misdemeanor offense and his lawyers did not challenge that conviction.
In March the U. Court of Appeals overturned the sodomy conviction, saying it was unconstitutional according to the Lawrence v.
Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli asked the U. Supreme Court to do a rehearing, arguing that the state's sodomy laws may still constitutionally apply to and year-olds.
Dahlia Lithwick of Slate stated that this scenario would cause problems for homosexual teenagers. The age of consent in Washington is It is also illegal to engage in sexual acts with someone younger than 18 under three different sets of circumstances, enumerated in RCW 9A.
Foster parents with their foster children; school teachers and school administration employees over their students including, as interpreted by the Washington State Supreme Court , students up to age 21  ; The third set of circumstances require all of the following situations occur in tandem: The older person is 60 months or more older than the or year-old, the person is in a significant relationship as defined by RCW 9A.
Several have reported that the immoral communication with a minor statute exists and places the age of consent at 18 due to the inability to "communicate" to and year-olds about sexual activity.
These reports are incorrect. The Washington Court of Appeals , Division 1 decided in the case of State v. Danforth , 56 Wn. Danforth's conviction was overturned by that ruling.
However, the Washington Supreme Court in the case of State v. McNallie , Wn. In State v. Luther , the Court of Appeals concluded, that "the Legislature never intended that RCW 9.
A state statute makes it illegal for a teacher and a "minor" student defined as "at least sixteen years old". The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that this policy affects all high school students up to 21 years of age, which under state law is the age cap for enrollment in high school.
The age of consent in West Virginia is The age of consent in Wisconsin is 18 and there is no close-in-age exception. There is, however, a marital exception which allows a person to have sex with a minor 16 or older if they are married to the minor.
If the minor is below 16 both sexual intercourse and any sexual contact are a felony; sexual intercourse with a minor by a perpetrator who is not married to the minor is a Class A misdemeanor.
However, Wisconsin has a child enticement law that prohibits people of any age from taking people under 18 to a private area such as a room and exposing a sex organ to them or having the minor expose their sex organ to them.
This is a Class B or C felony. Whoever has sexual intercourse with a child who is not the defendant's spouse and who has attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Whoever has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who has not attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class C felony.
If the minor is below 16 marriage to the minor by the accused is not a defense. A defendant shall not be presumed to be incapable of violating this section because of marriage to the complainant.
Sexual intercourse with a child younger than 13 carries the highest penalties, it is a Class B felony. Wisconsin law contains an unusual provision making it a Class F felony for a person responsible for a child under the age of 16 years such as a parent to not prevent their child from having sexual contact with another person if it was realistically possible for them to do so and they were aware that the other person intended to have sex with their child.
A person responsible for the welfare of a child who has not attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class F felony if that person has knowledge that another person intends to have, is having or has had sexual intercourse or sexual contact with the child, is physically and emotionally capable of taking action which will prevent the intercourse or contact from taking place or being repeated, fails to take that action and the failure to act exposes the child to an unreasonable risk that intercourse or contact may occur between the child and the other person or facilitates the intercourse or contact that does occur between the child and the other person.
Child Enticement. The age of consent in Wyoming is Sexual assault in the third degree. However, in the cases of Pierson v.
State and Moore v. State , the Wyoming Supreme Court held that sexual activity with minors aged 16 or 17 could be charged under Section of Wyoming Statutes.
That statute was repealed in and re-codified as Section , which provides, in pertinent part as follows:. Sexual abuse of a minor in the third degree.
It is an offense in American Samoa to engage in sexual acts with a person under the age of Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
The age of consent in the Northern Mariana Islands is 16, according to Sections — of the Commonwealth Code. Under the same provisions, it is also illegal for any person aged 16 or older to aid, encourage, induce or cause minors under 13 to engage in any sexual contact with anyone else, or minors aged 13—15 and at least 3 years younger than the offender to engage in sexual penetration with another person.
The age of consent rises to 18 when the older partner — being age 18 or older — is the parent, stepparent, adopted parent, or legal guardian of the younger person, or when the older partner has or occupies a position of authority over the younger person.
This does not apply for minors aged 16 or 17 as long as the older partner is less than three years older and is not the younger person's parent, stepparent, adopted parent or legal guardian.
According to section , a position of authority "means an employer, youth leader, scout leader, coach, teacher, counselor, school administrator, religious leader, doctor, nurse, psychologist, guardian ad litem, babysitter, or a substantially similar position, and a police officer or probation officer other than when the officer is exercising custodial control" over a person under According to Section , affirmative defenses for the crimes outlined in Sections — exists for consensual activity between legal spouses and for cases where the defendant reasonably believed that a minor age 13 or older was of legal age.
Sections and of the Commonwealth Code also criminalize sexual activity with people aged 18 or 19, if they are "committed to the custody of the Department of Public Health and Environmental Services under the Commonwealth's civil or criminal laws, and the offender is the legal guardian of the person".
The age of consent in Puerto Rico is Article Paraphrasing Virgin Islands Code: V. VI NOTE: "mistake of fact as to the victim's age is not a defense".
The age of consent is There is however a close-in-age exemption that allows minors 16 and 17 years old to consent with someone no more than five years older than themselves and minors 13 to 15 years old to consent with one another, but not with anyone 16 or over.
Aggravated rape in the first degree bans sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child under Sexual acts with minors are aggravated by the use of force, intimidation, or the perpetrator's position of authority, and by the fact that the minor, being under 16 and not the perpetrator's spouse, is residing in the same household as the perpetrator.
Any person under 18 years of age but over 16 years of age who perpetrates an act of sexual intercourse or sodomy with a person not the perpetrator's spouse who is under 16 years of age but over 13 years of age, under circumstances not amounting to rape in the first degree, is guilty of rape in the third degree and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Family Division of the Superior Court.
A person who engages in sexual contact with a person not the perpetrator's spouse—.. A person over eighteen years of age who engages in sexual contact with a person not the perpetrator's spouse who is over thirteen but under sixteen years of age is guilty of unlawful sexual contact in the second degree and shall be imprisoned not more than 1 year.
Baker Island , Howland Island , Jarvis Island , Johnston Atoll , Kingman Reef , Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island , are under the jurisdiction of the US Federal Government Department of the Interior , as part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.
As such, all US Federal laws regarding age of consent would be applicable. Midway Atoll is under the jurisdiction of the US Federal Government Department of the Interior administered as a National Wildlife Refuge.
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Submitted to The Twenty-Second State Legislature Regular Session of Pursuant to Act 1, Second Special Session, SLH Archived from the original on 30 July Retrieved 28 July Archived from the original on 31 July Retrieved 9 June Retrieved 10 August As of August 1, , the age of consent in each state in the United States was either 16 years of age, 17 years of age, or 18 years of age.
In California, the age of consent is 18 years old and in Massachusetts, the age of consent is 16 years old. Every state except Delaware , Pennsylvania , Minnesota , West Virginia and New Jersey allows a person under 18 years old to marry:.
In 9 states, a person over 21 years old can not marry a person under 18 years old. Missouri , Arizona , Colorado , Idaho , Indiana , Louisiana , Nevada , Ohio , and Tennessee.
Minimum age in 50 states: . From   to         several states changed their law to set a minimum age, or to raise their minimum age.
In Massachusetts the general marriage age is 18, but adolescents may be married with judicial consent. Unlike many other states,  in Massachusetts an adolescent's marriage does not automatically emancipate the minor, or increase his or her legal rights beyond allowing the minor to consent to certain medical treatments.
Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, and its people are American citizens. In Puerto Rico the general marriage age is 21 as that is the age of majority.
The general marriage age in Puerto Rico is 21, however males aged 18 and females aged 16 can marry with exceptions. Previously, the marriage age for females was In the District of Columbia the general age is 18, but year-olds may marry with exceptions.
Virgin Islands the marriage age is 14 for females and 16 for males. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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