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Sex with a Minor Charges in Arizona

People of varying ages have been having sexual relations for thousands of years. A couple hundred years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for an older man to marry a much younger woman, but in the last century, much has changed. Nowadays, minors in the United States are heavily protected when it comes to education, labor, and having sex with adults.

Each state has enacted an “age of consent” law, which says at what age a minor can legally consent to sex. In the United States, the age of consent ranges from 16 to 18. Here in Arizona, the age of consent is 18, which means that NO minor can legally consent to have sex with an adult (someone who is 18 or older).

What the Law Says About Sex with a Minor

If someone wants to have sex with a minor in Arizona, he or she better wait until the minor’s eighteenth birthday. Because if they don’t, they face serious felony charges under Section 13-1405 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

Under Sec. 13-1405 it reads: “A person commits sexual conduct with a minor by intentionally or knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sexual contact with any person who is under eighteen years of age.”

  • Sexual conduct with a minor who is under the age of 15 is a Class 2 felony.
  • Sexual conduct with a minor who is 15 or older is a Class 6 felony.
  • Sexual conduct with a minor who is 15 or older is a Class 2 felony if the offender was in a position of trust, such as a teacher, youth leader, pastor, priest, or bishop.

In Arizona, a Class 2 felony is punishable by up to two years in prison. A Class 2 felony is punishable by 3 to 12.5 years in prison.

Related: Sexual Assault Charges in Arizona

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