When an adult engages in sexual behaviour with someone below the age of consent, they are committing a criminal offence (child sexual abuse).
Age of consent laws cannot be considered in isolation to other legislation concerning issues such as sexual assault and child sexual abuse.
Aggravating circumstances increase penalties because of their serious or malicious nature. However, Indiana has a "Romeo and Juliet law" that permits 14 and 15 year olds to engage in non-forced sexual activity with peers who are no more than 4 years older than themselves.
The table below highlights the rape and sexual assault laws in Indiana.
If you or someone you love has been accused of violations regarding the legal age of consent, the criminal defense attorneys at Erik B.
Jensen Attorneys at Law can provide you with valuable information and a strong defense.
It's illegal to rape or have oral, anal, or vaginal sex or penetrate the genitals or anus of another with an object by force, threat of force, or while the person was incapacitated due to mental disability or unconsciousness.
The legal age of consent is 16 years of age for statutory sexual assault, and 18 years for corruption of minors.Sexual battery is a level 6 felony or a Level 4 felony if aggravated.For prohibited sexual contact with 14 or 15 year olds, Indiana has a sexual misconduct with a minor law: If the victim is under 14, the crime of sex or sexual conduct is called child molestation, a Level 3 felony.In contrast to statutory rape, other rape charges occur when a person forces another person to have sex with them.Statutory rape laws were created to protect America's youth who are especially vulnerable.