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What is Statutory Rape and Punishment in Idaho?

What is Statutory Rape?

Statutory rape is sexual intercourse that happens with someone below the age of consent. It is an act of sexual intercourse that may have happened with the full consent of both parties. But, because one of the party (or both) are below the age of consent, it is defined as rape and categorized as statutory rape. Sexual relations happen commonly, especially among young people. The governments have a role in protecting the rights of young children and preventing them from being exploited.

Therefore, governments the world over fix the age of consent for having sexual intercourse. This varies from state to state depending on local conditions. Once an age of consent is fixed, this means that sex with someone below that age is illegal under the law, and it can invite criminal action as it is considered as an act of statutory rape.

Statutory rape in Idaho

In the state of Idaho, the age of consent has been fixed as 18 years of age. This means that sex with someone under the age of 18 is considered as statutory rape and would be subject to conviction and punishment. Even if consent has been given or even if the person below 18 years has initiated the act, statutory rape invites punishment. The Idaho law (as codified in Idaho Code 18-6101) has many specific provisions. An interesting feature is that the Idaho law clearly states that rape could be committed either by a male or a female.

Idaho Statutory Rape Law

As per the Idaho law, if a person under the age of 16 years has sex with another above 18 years of age, then it is considered as rape. Also, sexual intercourse of someone below the age of 18 (i.e: 16 or 17) with someone who is more than three years older is considered as rape. So, sex between a 17-year-old and a 21-year-old is considered as rape.

In Idaho, the rape laws are stringent and have been explicitly defined. Rape is not just having sex but has been defined as penetration that can be either oral, anal, or vaginal however slight. Statutory rape is an offense under the Idaho laws and carries the punishment of between one year to 20 years in prison.

Some states have a 'Romeo Juliet' provision that decriminalizes sex between young people with a close age difference. Idaho, however, has no such provision, which means any act of sex with someone younger than 18 years can lead to conviction and imprisonment. 

Statutory Rape Law Idaho

Other related offenses

In Idaho, any lewd conduct, that includes sexual contact (genital-genital, oral-genital, genital-anal) with a child below the age of 16 years of age is considered a crime. A conviction can lead to imprisonment with the maximum penalty being life imprisonment.

Sexual battery by soliciting or engaging in sex with an underage person who is 16 or 17 years old with the accused being five years older is a crime and can lead to imprisonment for up to 25 years or even life imprisonment.

Sexual abuse of a child under 16 years of age on conviction can lead to imprisonment of up to 25 years.

Child enticement or luring away a child from the parents or talking to a child online about sex has also been listed as an offense under the Idaho laws. If convicted, it can lead to imprisonment for up to 15 years, even if there has been no sexual activity that has happened.

The rape and the statutory rape laws of Idaho are very stringent to protect the rights of children.

Idaho Rape Laws

Idaho Sex Offender Search

A sex offender search is one of the most popular queries these days, and you can look up Idaho sex offenders online. When searching for such records, you will be able to discover who has violated Idaho statutory rapes laws, and other sex laws in the state. To perform an accurate Idaho sex offender search, you need to use a professional and quick public records search. GoLookUp can provide you with such a service in one of the following directories:

1. Name-based criminal records search – enter the name of the person that you want to learn more about. When you do, the search engine on the website will scan public records to find if the said person is a registered sex offender. When the search is complete, you will get a criminal records' report that will let you know if the person has violated Idaho statutory rapes laws.

2. Zip code-based search engine – enter an Idaho zip code of interest; at the end of the public records search, you will get the names, mugshots, sex offenses, address, contact information, and additional data about all the registered sex offenders in that zip code.