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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