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The senior claimed that they fooled around but never had sex and the jury ultimately ruled that statutory rape (but not forcible rape) had been committed.
A conviction of such an offense can do irreparable damage to your career and your family life.
The age of consent in other states ranges from ages 14 to 18.
Maine and Vermont are the only New England states where the age difference between the offender and the victim must be four years or greater.
Like most states, they have classifications and degrees of criminal behavior that constitute statutory rape based on the age of the victim.
Only one classification in each state has the age difference between the victim and the offender as a criminal element.
Under Massachusetts state laws, the standard for the age of consent is even higher when one partner maintains a position of power over the other partner, such as an employer, a teacher, or a member of the clergy.