Penalties depend on the ages of the defendant and victim, and the conduct that occurred, as described below.
Gross sexual imposition includes sexual acts (penetration, however slight) or sexual contact (touching, even over clothing) between a minor who is younger than 15 and a defendant who is 15 or older.
Though statutory rape does not require that the prosecutor prove an assault, it is still rape.
Of course, rape that does involve force or an assault is illegal in North Dakota and prosecuted as forcible rape (see North Dakota Sexual Battery Laws).
If you are a victim of sexual assault or rape, contact Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) for online help and local resources.
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Penalties include a fine of up to ,000, up to one year in jail, or both.
If the defendant was 22 or older, it is a class C felony, which incurs a fine of up to ,000, up to five years in prison, or both.
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Penalties include a fine of up to ,000, up to one year in jail, or both. Defendants charged with statutory rape have the usual defenses available to all criminal defendants, such as “Someone else committed this crime,” or “The alleged conduct did not occur.” Named after Shakespeare’s young lovers, “Romeo and Juliet” exceptions are intended to prevent serious criminal charges against teenagers who engage in consensual sex with others close to their own age.
If the defendant was 22 or older, it is a class C felony, which incurs a fine of up to ,000, up to five years in prison, or both. In North Dakota, there is a Romeo and Juliet exemption for consensual sex between two minors who are both16 or 17 years old.
Assaults of a sexual nature may also be charged under the state’s assault and battery laws (to learn more, see Aggravated Assault Laws in North Dakota) and Child Enticement Laws in North Dakota.
Statutory rape is prosecuted under North Dakota’s rape and sex crime laws.