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Legal Statutes: Georgia

UPDATED September 29, 2016

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Chapter 6. Sexual Offenses

back to top16-6-3. Statutory rape

(a) A person commits the offense of statutory rape when he or she engages in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of 16 years and not his or her spouse, provided that no conviction shall be had for this offense on the unsupported testimony of the victim.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, a person convicted of the offense of statutory rape shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years; provided, however, that if the person so convicted is 21 years of age or older, such person shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten nor more than 20 years. Any person convicted under this subsection of the offense of statutory rape shall, in addition, be subject to the sentencing and punishment provisions of Code Section 17-10-6.2.

(c) If the victim is at least 14 but less than 16 years of age and the person convicted of statutory rape is 18 years of age or younger and is no more than four years older than the victim, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Laws 1918, p. 259, §§ 1, 2; Laws 1968, p. 715, § 1; Laws 1995, p. 957, § 3; Laws 1996, p. 871, § 1; Laws 1996, p. 1115, § 3; Laws 2006, Act 571, § 10, eff. July 1, 2006.