Indiana dating age laws

Technically, this "close-in-age" provision is a defense instead of an exception, but it allows a 4 year gap in age if the two are in an ongoing personal relationship.Thus, ostensibly, a an 18-year-old could avoid prosecution for having sex with a 14-year-old, provided the two were in an ongoing romantic relationship as defined by Indiana law.

The table below highlights the rape and sexual assault laws in Indiana.

It's illegal to rape or have oral, anal, or vaginal sex or penetrate the genitals or anus of another with an object by force, threat of force, or while the person was incapacitated due to mental disability or unconsciousness.

Rape is a Level 3 felony, unless aggravating factors are present, namely the use of deadly force or weapon, causing serious bodily injury, or using date rape drugs. Also, sexual battery or touching another person to sexually arouse yourself or the victim by force, threat of force, or when the person is mentally disabled so consent for the touching can't be given.

The following information was taken directly from the Indiana state legislation website at IC 35-42-4 Chapter 4. However, the offense is a Class A felony if: (1) it is committed by a person at least twenty-one (21) years of age; (2) it is committed by using or threatening the use of deadly force or while armed with a deadly weapon; (3) it results in serious bodily injury; or (4) the commission of the offense is facilitated by furnishing the victim, without the victim’s knowledge, with a drug (as defined in IC 16-42-19-2(1)) or a controlled substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9) or knowing that the victim was furnished with the drug or controlled substance without the victim’s knowledge.

(a) A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age, performs or submits to sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct commits child molesting, a Class B felony.

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