What is the Age of Consent in Maryland?

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Maryland Age of Consent Law

In the state of Maryland, the age of consent is 16 years old which means that anyone under that age is not legally able to give consent to having sexual intercourse regardless if they want to.

In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered legally of age to consent to participate in sexual acts. Furthermore, individuals between the ages of 14 and 16 may consent to sexual intercourse as long as the other partner is no more than four years older.

However, this law applies differently if the older partner is in a position of authority or trust over the younger partner.

This might include:

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Employers
  • Others

In such instances, the age of consent is typically 18 or 21, depending on the situation.

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Penalties of Statutory Rape in Maryland

In Maryland, statutory rape is considered a felony offense and is punishable by:

  • Prison time
  • Monetary fines
  • Registration as a sexual offender.

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