Statutory Rape

When establishing legal ages of consent and statutory rape laws, the intention of judges and lawmakers was to protect children and young adults from predatory actions on the part of adults. Because statutory rape laws are considered to be a “strict liability offense”, the prosecutor does not have to show absence of consent or proof of force to obtain a conviction.

Persons who are accused of statutory rape may face serious consequences including imprisonment, probation, and a lifetime of social stigma that may be difficult or impossible to overcome. If you have been wrongly accused of a serious crime like statutory rape, contact Massachusetts sex crime attorney James Powderly at 508-343-0676 to discuss your legal options.

The Role of the Prosecution in a Statutory Rape Case

In order to prove that an individual is guilty of statutory rape in the state of Rhode Island, the prosecutor usually must prove that:

  • The accused individual had sexual intercourse with the victim
  • The victim was under the age of 16

While some individuals may claim that the victim consented to the actions or misrepresented their age, these reasons are typically not accepted as a valid defense to statutory rape accusations. As a strict liability offense, defenses like misrepresentation and consent are usually not enough to prevent the prosecution from proving the individual’s guilt.

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If you or someone you love has been accused of a serious crime like statutory rape, it is important to have an experienced Massachusetts statutory rape defense attorney like James Powderly on your side. For assistance with your case, contact us at 508-343-0676 today.


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