Maine -- Age of Consent
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1. A person is guilty of sexual abuse of a minor if:
A. Having attained the age of 19 years, the person engages in a sexual act with another person, not the actor's spouse, who has attained the age of 14 years but has not attained the age of 16 years, provided that the actor is at least 5 years older than the other person; or [1995, c. 104, §1 (amd).]
B. [1989, c. 401. Pt. A, §5 (rp).]
C. Having attained the age of 21 years, the person engages in a sexual act with another person, not the actor's spouse, who has attained the age of 16 years but not the age of 18 years, and is a student enrolled in a private or public elementary, secondary or special education school, facility or institution and the actor is a teacher, employee or other official in the school district, school union, educational unit, school, facility or institution in which the student is enrolled. [1995, c. 104, §2 (new).]
[1995, c. 104, §§1, 2 (amd).]
2. It is a defense to a prosecution under subsection 1, paragraph A, that the actor reasonably believed the other person to have attained his 16th birthday.
[1985, c. 495, § 10 (amd).]
3. Violation of subsection 1, paragraph A is a Class D crime; and violation of subsection 1, paragraph C is a Class E crime; except that the sentencing class for a violation of subsection 1 is one class higher if the State pleads and proves:
A. The actor was more than 10 years older than the other person; or [1997, c. 460, §2 (amd).]
B. The actor knew the other person was related to the actor within the 2nd degree of consanguinity. [1997, c. 460, §2 (amd).]
C. [1997, c. 460, §3 (rp).]
[1997, c. 460, §§2, 3 (amd).]
1975, c. 499, § 1 (NEW). 1975, c. 740, § 50 (AMD). 1985, c. 495, § 9,10 (AMD). 1989, c. 401, § A5 (AMD). 1993, c. 451, § 1 (AMD). 1995, c. 104, § 1-3 (AMD). 1997, c. 460, § 2,3 (AMD).
Be advised: there are no statutes currently on the books prohibiting consensual sexual
activity with persons 16 years of age or older, hence the age of consent for homosexual
conduct (both male-male and female-female) is 16.
§ 257. Factors aiding in predicting high-risk sex offenders for sentencing purposes
Best regards, James- Friend of Humanity and Enemy of Hypocrisy
07-2000 New Source: U.S. statutory rape laws is published on the Web by the National
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