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Legal Statutes: U.S. Virgin Islands

UPDATED November 22, 2016

U.S. Virgin Islands Statutes

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Chapter 85. Rape and Related Offenses

back to top1702. Rape in the second degree

(a) Any person over 18 years of age who perpetrates under circumstances not amounting to rape in the first degree, an act of sexual intercourse or sodomy with a person who is at least 16 years but less than 18 years of age, and the perpetrator is 5 years or older than the victim, is guilty of rape in the second degree and shall be imprisoned not more than 10 years.

(b) Whoever is convicted of any offense under this section shall receive a psychiatric evaluation and participate in psychosocial counseling.

(c) Spousal consent shall be an affirmative defense in the event the persons are legally married pursuant to the provisions of title 16, chapter 1 of the Virgin Islands Code.
Amended Oct. 18, 1984, No. 5013, § 3(a)(̈f), Sess. L. 1984, p. 345; Feb. 20, 2002, No. 6497, § 2 3., Sess. L. 2002, p. 5; amended Oct. 15, 2013, No. 7517, § 1(a), (c)(4), Sess. L. 2013, p.