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Legal Statutes: North Carolina

UPDATED August 17, 2016

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Article 7B. Rape and Other Sex Offenses

back to top14-27.27. Second-degree forcible sexual offense

Formerly cited as § 14-27.5

(a) A person is guilty of second degree forcible sexual offense if the person engages in a sexual act with another person:

(1) By force and against the will of the other person; or

(2) Who is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, and the person performing the act knows or should reasonably know that the other person is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless.

(b) Any person who commits the offense defined in this section is guilty of a Class C felony.


Added by Laws 1979, c. 682, § 1. Amended by Laws 1979 (2nd Sess.), c. 1316, § 7; Laws 1993, c. 539, § 1131, eff. Oct. 1, 1994; Laws 1994 (Ex. Sess.), c. 24, § 14(c), eff. March 26, 1994; S.L. 2002-159, § 2(c), eff. Dec. 1, 2002. Recodified from § 14-27.5 by S.L. 2015-181, § 9(a), eff. Dec. 1, 2015. Amended by S.L. 2015-181, § 9(b), eff. Dec. 1, 2015.