If a mother of a f15 year old girl tells a grown man of 27 that her daughter is 20 years old, can the man still be charged with statutory rape?

Asked on September 2, 2012 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It does not matter who told who what: the Mother, the girl - whomever!  If the girl is 15 years old and she has sexual intercourse with a 20 year old the 20 year old can be charged under the rape statute in the state they are in.  And if convicted he will be considered a sex offender and made to register under the law.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Lack of knowledge of a girl's true age is NOT a defense to statutory rape. Therefore, it does not matter if the subject of age never came up, or the girl lied, or the girl's mother lied, etc.--it's simply irrelevant, and the man could be charged.


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