Statutory Rape in Virginia

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Statutory rape occurs when an adult has consensual sexual intercourse with a minor. Statutory rape differs from a regular rape offense because it involves consent provided by the minor. Even a minor can be convicted of statutory rape if he/she has sexual intercourse with an individual who is younger. Being convicted of statutory rape results in lengthy jail or prison sentences.

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Statutory Rape Penalties

Statutory rape is prosecuted in Virginia by three categories: rape, carnal knowledge, and juvenile delinquency. Rape refers to sexual intercourse between an adult at any age and a minor who is younger than 13 years of age, which is considered a felony, punishable by a prison sentence between five years and life.

Carnal knowledge refers to sexual intercourse or other sexual acts between a minor who is 13, 14, or 15 years of age, and a defendant of any age. If the defendant is 18 years or older, then the crime is considered a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence between two and ten years.

If the defendant is younger than 18 years old and at least three years older than the victim, then it is considered a Class 6 felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence between one and five years, or a jail sentence of up to 12 months. If the defendant is younger than 18 and less than three years older than the victim, it is considered Class 4 misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $250.

Juvenile delinquency refers to sexual intercourse between a defendant who is at least 18 years old and a minor who is 15 to 17. This crime is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year.

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