Statutory rape is sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse with a child who is under 16 years of age. If you have been charged with statutory rape, you could be punished by up to life in prison, so it is important to call an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible.
Legal definition of “sexual intercourse” and “unnatural sexual intercourse”:
Under the law, “sexual intercourse” basically means penetration (with a body part or with an object). “Unnatural sexual intercourse” refers to things like oral and anal sex acts.
Consent doesn’t matter:
Sixteen is the age of consent in Massachusetts, and if a person is under 16, the law assumes that they are not capable of giving consent. Even if the minor expresses consent or even prompted you to engage in the sex act, you will still be guilty of statutory rape.
Mistake doesn’t matter:
If you were mistaken in a belief that the minor was 16 or older, or even if the minor lied to you about his/her age, you will still be guilty of statutory rape.
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Statutory rape is not taken lightly in Massachusetts. If you have been charged with statutory rape, you need a knowledgeable and talented defense attorney on your side. To speak with an expert Boston sex crimes lawyer, click here, or telephone Francis T. O’Brien, Jr. at O’Brien Law Boston twenty four hours, seven days a week, toll free at 617-512-0939. There is no fee charged to discuss your case, and all information furnished will be kept strictly confidential.