Statutory rape occurs when an adult has sexual relations with a minor. The age at which a person is considered a minor depends on the jurisdiction the crime occurred. For instance, sexual relations between a person and minor may be statutory rape if the rapist is 18 and the victim is 17. Statutory rape is considered a crime where not knowing an individual’s age is not a defense.
What Is Statutory Sexual Seduction in Nevada?
Statutory sexual seduction is one type of statutory rape crime in Nevada. A person is guilty of this crime if they are at least 18 years old and have a sexual relationship with a minor who is 14 or 15. The minor must be at least 4 years younger than the perpetrator.
What Is the Penalty for Statutory Sexual Seduction in Nevada?
The specific penalty for statutory sexual seduction depends on the age of the perpetrator and the perpetrator’s criminal record. If the perpetrator is 21 years old or older, then the crime is a Category B felony and punishable by:
- One to 10 years in prison
- Up to a $10,000 fine
- Time in prison and a fine
If the defendant is under the age of 21 and it is their first sex crime offense, then the crime is a gross misdemeanor. In Nevada, a gross misdemeanor is punishable by:
- Not more than 364 days in a county jail
- A fine of not more than $2,000
- Both a fine and time in a county jail
However, if the defendant who is under 21 has previously been convicted of a sex crime, then the crime is a Category D felony. A Category D felony in Nevada has a sentence of:
- One to four years in state prison
- A fine of $5,000
- Both a fine and a prison sentence
Should I Talk to an Attorney?
Statutory sexual seduction is a serious criminal offense, and being convicted of committing this crime can lead to both a prison sentence and being labeled as a sex offender. It is vital to talk to a Nevada attorney when you are accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor.