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Connecticut's statutory rape laws

Sex crimes is a very broad category, but very few people will stop and ask you what you were convicted of exactly. For those who have been convicted of or are facing charges of statutory rape, this can be a frightening truth. Each state has different laws on what constitutes statutory rape, and understanding what the Connecticut law states can help defendants be better prepared for their defense.

In Connecticut, the guidelines for whether someone can be charged with statutory rape depend on the age of the both parties and were updated in 2007. For statutory rape to apply, both parties must be under the age of 16. A minor can be charged with statutory rape if he or she is more than three years older than the other party, assuming the other party is at least 13. If one party is under the age of 13, the other person can be charged with statutory rape if he or she is more than two years older than the person under 13.

Contrary to what some people may think, someone can be charged with statutory rape even if the other party's parents are aware of and have allowed the sexual relationship. In these cases, it's also possible for the parents to be charged with risk of injury to a child, which is a Class C felony.

A conviction for a sex crime can follow you around for the rest of your life, even if it the situation involved a consensual sexual relationship and did not involve any violence. Understanding your options is the first step in presenting a strong defense.

Source: Connecticut General Assembly, "Statutory Rape," accessed April. 02, 2015

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