age of consent

age of consent

The age, usu. defined by statute as 16 years, at which a person is legally capable of agreeing to marriage (without parental consent) or to sexual intercourse.

? If a person over the age of consent has sexual intercourse with a person under the age of consent, the older person may be prosecuted for statutory rape re-gardless of whether the younger person consented to the act. See statutory rape under RAPE. [Cases: Infants 5; Marriage 19. C.J.S. Infants ¡ì 111; Marriage ¡ì 26.]


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