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What is statutory rape?

Where a female is under the statutorily prescribed age of consent, an act of intercourse constitutes rape even if the female consents. In most jurisdictions, a female under 16 cannot consent to sexual act. REMEMBER, even though you reasonably believe that the female is over the age of consent, you will still be guilty of statutory rape if the female turns out to be below the age of consent. Mistake, even a reasonable one, is no defense to statutory rape.

Can one be guilty of conspiracy to commit statutory rape?

If a man and an underage woman plan to have sex, the man will be guilty of statutory rape but not conspiracy to commit statutory rape. See Wharton's Rule.

 

 

 

 

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