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


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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