Compared to some other states, the penalties for violating Delaware’s age of consent laws are very harsh.
A “typical” statutory rape offense could carry a prison sentence of 10 years.16: In the District of Columbia, the age of consent for sex is 16 years old.
There must be some additional evidence.16: In Hawaii, the legal age of consent to have sex is 16 years old.
However, there is a close in age exception that allows those who are 14 years or older to have sex with someone who is less than 5 years older.
Under the Idaho system, if the victim is under 16, any sexual conduct will amount to lewd conduct.17: The 16 year old is below the legal age of consent.
Thus, if an adult has sex with a minor below the age of consent, the adult may be charged with statutory rape.
Additionally, a person under 17 can legally consent to sex with a person who is no more than 10 years older.16: Thus, instead of including force as a criminal element, theses crimes make it illegal for anyone to engage in sexual intercourse with anyone below a certain age, other than his spouse.
The age of consent varies by state, with most states, including Connecticut, setting it at age 16.18: Having sex with someone under 18, if the offender is over 30, is also considered rape.
Maryland’s age of consent law applies differently if the older partner is in a position of trust or authority over the younger partner.16: The justices based their ruling on a Massachusetts law that established the legal age of sexual consent as 16.
The law states that so long as the sexual relationship is not otherwise “unlawful” or with a “chaste” individual, an adult may “entice” a minor age sixteen and older to engage in sexual intercourse.16: In Michigan, the age of consent is 16, and people who engage in sexual activity with children who are underage may be convicted of statutory rape (also called criminal sexual conduct).
Unlike some other states, the District of Columbia does not have a separate law for homosexual conduct.