Laws can change over time, and numerous defenses may apply to statutory rape charges.
The older person charged with statutory rape may claim he or she thought the victim was older than
Is it illegal for them to have sex?
These laws exist to prevent the exploitation of minors and discourage sexually predatory behavior.
Description: For statutory sex offenses, consent is not a defense. For instance, vaginal intercourse with a child younger than 13 and an adult who is 18 or older is always a felony, and a conviction can result in at least 25 years' imprisonment.