Law against dating minors
The penalties for statutory rape (third degree sexual assault) in Rhode Island are up to 5 years in prison.There is no minimum age difference in Rhode Island, a person is simply guilty if they are over 18 years of age and the victim is 14 or 15 years of age.The age of consent refers to the age that someone has the mental capability to understand the consequences of their actions.Many states also specify a minimum age difference in order for the offense to be applicable. In a prosecution under this section, a child under the age of 14 years shall be deemed incapable of consenting to any conduct of the defendant for which such defendant is being prosecuted. 277, § 39." New Sex Ed: What Young People Need to Know About Sex Laws, Karen Goldberg. Inducing person under 18 to have sexual intercourse. A prosecution commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file. in which a man offered a boy to perform fellatio.
Statutory rape laws were created to protect America's youth who are especially vulnerable.In a prosecution under this section, a child under the age of 14 years shall be deemed incapable of consenting to any conduct of the defendant for which such defendant is being prosecuted. MGL c.265, s.13B-3/4 Commission of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 by certain previously convicted offenders; penalties Whoever commits an indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 and has been previously convictedof or adjudicated delinquent or as a youthful offender for: indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 as set forth in section 13B; aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 as set forth in section 13B1/2; indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older as set forth in section 13H; assault of a child with intent to commit rape as set forth in section 24B; rape of a child with force as set forth in section 22A; aggravated rape of a child with force as set forth in section 22B; rape and abuse of a child as set forth in section 23; aggravated rape and abuse of a child as set forth in section 23A; rape as set forth in section 22 or; a like violation of the laws of another state, the United States or a military, territorial or Indian tribal authority, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any term of years, but not less than 15 years. 558 (2013) "A person sixteen years of age or older is legally capable of 'consenting' to sexual intercourse. In any prosecution commenced pursuant to this section, introduction into evidence of a prior adjudication or conviction or a prior finding of sufficient facts by either certified attested copies of original court papers, or certified attested copies of the defendant's biographical and informational data from records of the department of probation, any jail or house of correction or the department of correction, shall be prima facie evidence that the defendant before the court has been convicted previously by a court of the commonwealth or any other jurisdiction. 158 (2009) Where a boy under 16 was charged for statutory rape for sexual activity with girls under 16, and only the boy was charged, the boy was entitled to discovery of statistical information relevant to his claim of selective prosecution. Such documentation shall be self-authenticating and admissible, after the commonwealth has established the defendant's guilt on the primary offense, as evidence in any court of the commonwealth to prove the defendant's commission of any prior conviction described therein. Unnatural and lascivious acts with child under 16 Whoever commits any unnatural and lascivious act with a child under the age of 16 shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars nor more than 1,000 dollars or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or in jail or the house of correction for not more than 2 1/2 years, and whoever over the age of 18 commits a second or subsequent such offence shall be sentenced to imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not less than 5 years.