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STATUTORY SEXUAL ASSAULT

STATUTORY SEXUAL ASSAULT

In the state of Pennsylvania, it is illegal for an adult to have sex with a minor, even if the sex would otherwise be considered consensual. Statutory rape laws are based on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities because of their young age.

Sexual assault is a felony in the state of Pennsylvania and is defined as a person engaging in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with another person without his or her consent.

Under § 3122.1, statutory sexual assault includes sexual intercourse with a child who 13, 14, or 15, when the defendant is at least four years older than the victim.

Attorney for Statutory Sexual Assault in West Chester, PA

If you were arrested for statutory sexual assault in the state of Pennsylvania, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.

Michael J. Skinner is an experienced criminal defense attorney at Skinner Law Firm and understands the severity of statutory rape crimes in Pennsylvania.

With offices in West Chester in Chester County Michael Skinner represents clients in Chester County and Delaware County, along with other surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.


Information Center for Statutory Sexual Assault in Pennsylvania

  • Statutory Sexual Assault: Felony of the Second Degree
  • Statutory Sexual Assault: Felony of the First Degree

Statutory Sexual Assault: Felony of the Second Degree

Under § 3122.1(a), a person commits a felony of the second degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant to whom the person is not married who is under the age of 16 years and that person is either:

  • four years older but less than eight years older than the complainant; or
  • eight years older but less than 11 years older than the complainant.

A conviction of this charge may carry a prison sentence for a maximum of 10 years, as well as a maximum fine of $25,000.


Statutory Sexual Assault: Felony of the First Degree

Under § 3122.1(b), a person commits a felony of the first degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant under the age of 16 years and that person is 11 or more years older than the complainant is and the complainant and the person are not married to each other.

If convicted of this charge, a person could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Additionally, he or she may be fined up to $25,000.


Additional Resources

Women’s Law – Visit WomensLaw.org to learn more about Pennsylvania statutes related to sexually motivated crimes. WomensLaw.org is a project of the National Network to End Domestic Violence that provides legal information and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

§ 3122.1.  Statutory Sexual Assault – Visit the website of the Pennsylvania legislature to read the statutory language in § 3122.1. for statutory sexual assault. Also find information about the statutory maximum penalties and cross references. The crime can be charged as a felony in the first or second degree.


Finding a Statutory Sexual Assault Attorney in Pennsylvania

If you were arrested for any type of sexually motivated offense, such as sexual assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, child pornography or rape, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in West Chester, PA, at Skinner Law Firm.

After an accusation of statutory sexual assault in Pennsylvania, a felony in the first or second degree, you need to discuss your case confidentially with an experienced attorney for sexual offenses.

Call Michael J. Skinner at Skinner Law Firm to discuss your case. His familiarity with the courts and the resources available for people accused of felony sexually motivated offenses including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, photographing sexual acts, depicting sexual acts, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors.

Michael J. Skinner has offices in West Chester and represents clients in Chester County and Delaware County. We also represents clients in the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania.


This article was last updated on Monday, February 13, 2017.

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