current law, anyone who has sexual intercourse with a person who is
more than two years younger and at least age 13 but under age 16 is
guilty of second-degree sexual assault.
bill limits actors guilty of this crime to those more than three
calendar years, rather than two years, older than a youth who is at
least age 14 but under age 16. It requires the age difference between
actors and 13-year-olds to be measured in calendar years, rather than
simply years. Second-degree sexual assault against victims age 16 and
younger is a class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a
15,000 fine, or both. Nine months of the sentence cannot be suspended
current law, anyone who has sexual contact with a person under age 15
is guilty of fourth-degree sexual assault, a class D felony punishable
by up to five years in prison, a $
5,000 fine, or both.
bill limits actors guilty of this crime to those more than two calendar
years older than a 13-year-old or more than three calendar years older
than a 14-year-old. The bill leaves unchanged the law making anyone,
regardless of age, guilty of this crime if he has sexual contact with a
person under age 13.
RISK OF INJURY TO MINORS
current law, a person is guilty of risk of injury to a minor if he has
contact with the intimate parts of a person under age 16 or subjects
the youth to contact with the actor’s intimate parts in a sexual and
indecent manner likely to impair the youth’s health or morals.
The bill reduces the youth’s age from 16 to 13 years.
It limits actors guilty of this crime when the youth is age 13 to those more than two calendar years older.
When the youth is age 14 or 15, the bill limits actors guilty of this crime to those more than three calendar years older.
Risk of injury to a minor is a class B felony.
It does not, however, carry a mandatory minimum sentence.
Finally. Finally, there is some sense in the statutory rape laws. Finally we recognize that teens have sex. That they have sex with one another. That it is sometimes (maybe even often) consensual. Ofcourse, this bill doesn’t touch situations where one says it was consensual and the other says it wasn’t – but that shouldn’t be changed. Let’s see if this passes.