Can I be charged with statutory rape if I am 19 and the girl is 15 but it was consensual?

Asked on April 3, 2015 under Criminal Law, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

In your state, if she is older than 14 but less than 16, and if you are 20 or more, then you would be committing statutory rape (consent has nothing to do with statutory rape--it's all about age). At the ages you describe in your question, you are ok; if you turn 20 and have sex with her before she turns 16, however, it would be a crime.


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