What is Statutory Rape?
Statutory Rape is defined as sexual intercourse between an adult and a child. The age limit on Statutory Rape is 16. The law acknowledges that a child under the age of 16 is not legally capable of consenting to sexual activity. Therefore, regardless of
whether the child victim factually consented to the activity or not is meaningless. By law, the child victim cannot consent under any circumstances. Statutory Rape may occur by and between members of both the same and opposite sexes. The sexual penetration
required for Statutory Rape is identical to that required for Rape by Force. It may occur vaginally, orally or via anal sodomy. Penetration however slight is all that is required. Further, it may be penile, meaning with the penis; digitally, meaning
with a finger; and with some type of object.
If you have been charged with Statutory Rape, it is important to seek legal representation immediately in order to protect your rights and minimize the impact that a charge of his nature may have on your life.
If you have been charged with statutory rape and need expert legal representation, contact the RI/MA defense attorneys at the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III by email or call today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a free consultation.