Indiana Statutory Rape Laws
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Penalties for Sex Crimes Involving Children
For prohibited sexual contact with 14 or 15 years of age, Indiana has a
sexual misconduct with a minor law. When a person 18 to 20 years old has sex or sexual conduct with a
child 14 or 15 years of age, it is considered a Level 5 felony –
punishable by a maximum prison sentence of six years and a fine of up
to $10,000. However, if the conduct is only sexual touching or fondling,
it is a Level 6 felony, which results in a maximum prison sentence of
two and a half years and a fine of up to $10,000.
However, when a person 21 or older has sex or sexual conduct with a child
14 or 15 years of age, it is a Level 4 felony – punishable by a
maximum prison sentence of 12 years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the
conduct is only sexual touching or fondly, then it is a Level 5 felony.
If the victim is under 14 years old, the criminal offense of sex or sexual
conduct is called
child molestation. This child sex crime is considered a Level 3 felony, which results in
a maximum jail sentence of 16 years a fine of up to $10,000. However,
child molestation becomes a Level 1 felony if the defendant is 21 years or older.
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