Some state age limit laws will allow partners with a child (or expecting a child) to get married and a few states have no statutory age limits.
Marriage age requirement laws in Connecticut restrict marriage to those 16 and older with parental consent (18 or older without).
In the United States, age of consent laws regarding sexual activity are made at the state level. Previously the Connecticut age gap was two years, not three. A guilty verdict would result in conviction of a Class A felony sex offense, with a mandatory minimum of 5–10 years and maximum 25 years imprisonment. Links to Statutes Cited (in numerical order) The age of consent in Delaware is 18, but it is legal for teenagers aged 16 and 17 to engage in sexual intercourse as long as the older partner is younger than 30. Definitions generally applicable to sexual offences. (j) A child who has not yet reached his or her sixteenth birthday is deemed unable to consent to a sexual act with a person more than 4 years older than said child.
There are several federal statutes related to protecting minors from sexual predators, but laws regarding specific age requirements for sexual consent are left to individual states, territories, and the District of Columbia. A guilty verdict would result in conviction of a Class B felony sex offense, with a mandatory minimum of 9 months and maximum 20 years imprisonment. By 2007 there had been a proposal to increase the gap to four years to reduce the number of close-in-age statutory rape cases being prosecuted, but three years was selected as a compromise. Any juvenile offender 14 years old or older has the case automatically transferred to the regular criminal docket of the Superior Court by operation of law, and thus stands before the court to be tried as an adult. Because the charge is a sex offense, the juvenile prosecutor can request that the proceeding designated a "serious sexual offender prosecution". Children who have not yet reached their twelfth birthday are deemed unable to consent to a sexual act under any circumstances.
It does not matter if the minor consented to the sexual intercourse; it is against the law and the offense is called "statutory rape." There are many defenses that can be made against this type of charge which is why you need to contact a skilled lawyer if you are facing these charges.
If you need legal advice upon which you intend to rely in the course of your legal affairs, consult a competent, independent attorney.
Sex crimes are very serious criminal offenses in Connecticut.
Statutory rape is one of the worst and holds severe penalties.
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