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What is the Age of Consent for Sex in Maine?

The age of sexual consent in Maine is 16 years old. This applies to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct.

16, as the age of consent, is the age at which a person may legally consent to sex with another person aged 21 or older in Maine. This essentially means that, as long as both parties are above the age of consent, the difference in age between them is irrelevant.

In many cases, Maine law also allows sex between persons under 16 (but older than 14) as long as they are close to the same age. As long as the age difference between the parties is less than 5 years, there is usually no problem.

If the offender reasonably believed that the victim was 16 years or older, that fact may be a defense to prosecution.

The punishments for violating Maine’s age of consent laws are harsh. The crime of gross sexual assault (sex with a person under the age of 14) is punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

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Last Modified: 01-13-2012 04:39 PM PST

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