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What is Statutory Rape Law and Its Punishments in Indiana?

In the state of Indiana, individuals can be convicted of statutory rape (also known as child molestation, child seduction or sexual misconduct) through engagement in sexual misconduct, even consensual sexual activity, with children below the age of 16. Engaging in sexual activity with people aged 16 or older through force or without the person’s consent could also lead to criminal charges. You can find more information on battery and forcible sex crimes in Indiana by looking up Indiana Felony Battery Laws or Indiana Sexual Battery Laws.

What is prohibited?

Sexual battery or touching other individuals in order to get sexually aroused yourself or the victim using threat, the force of threat or when the individual is mentally challenged for consent for touching to not be given. Sexual battery is also recognized under Indiana law as touching a person's buttocks or genitals or a women's breasts while the individual is unaware of the touching having happened. The aggravating factors for sexual battery are the same for rape. Sexual battery is only a level 6 crime or a level 4 crime when aggravated.

Indiana Statutory Rape Law

It is a crime to rape or conduct anal, oral or vaginal sex or penetrate genitals or anus of another individual using the threat of force, actual force or at a time the person was incapacitated thanks to mental disability or unconsciousness. Rape is a level 3 felony barring factors like aggravating factors are presented, with regards to the use of deadly force or a weapon, causing bodily harm or the use of date rape drugs. Aggravated rape is known as a level 1 crime.

What are Indiana’s statutory rape laws?

Under child molestation, Indiana’s laws comprise anyone who engages in sex acts with children aged 14 and below is committing a crime of child molestation.

Under sexual misconduct with a child, Indiana’s laws comprise a person aged 18 or younger committing the crime of sexual misconduct through sexual engagement with children aged over 14 but under 16 years.

Sexual misconduct in Indiana is punished much more severely when:

  1. The defendant is aged 21 and above
  2. Sexual conduct includes any form of sex – anal, oral or intercourse, or
  3. The defendant is violent or forceful in nature when engaging in sexual misconduct without the child’s permission.
Statutory Rape Law Indiana

Under child seduction, while anyone can commit child or sexual misconduct, only individuals aged 18 and over in positions of trust or supervision over children can commit crimes of child seduction.

Indiana contains a close-in-age exemption. This is also known as “Romeo and Juliet law”, is designed to prevent the prosecution of an underage couple engaging in consensual sex with both participants being significantly close to each other in age and one of both being below the age of consent.

According to the situation, the Indiana close-in-age exemption could completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from ages of consent law, or just merely provide legal defense which could be used in the vent of prosecution.

Indiana Rape Laws

What are the defenses?

Insanity, innocence or other defenses could apply to rape charges. Consent is usually a defense to sexual crimes, with the person being involved being over the age of consent, being conscious and wanting sexual contact, for example. However, consent is just a defense to a few limited statutory rape scenarios in which the child and young adult are the same age. This prevents a scenario for the child’s consent to sexual conduct. A few individuals with intellectual challenges are not capable of providing consent under Indiana law. 

When it comes to molesting and juvenile sexual misconduct. Indiana law allows the defense of the accused believed the child was 16 at the time.

Indiana Sex Offender Search

If you need to find information about registered sex offenders in the state of Indiana, you no longer have to contact law enforcement agencies; nowadays, sex offender registries are available to you online, so you can easily find out who has violated Indiana statutory rape laws. To perform this type of search, you should use a credible public records search site, like GoLookUp.

The website can perform a sex offender search for you in the state of Indiana so you can find out who has violated Indiana statutory rape laws, and other sex laws. If you want to find out the names of all the sex offenders in a particular area, you can use GoLookUp's zip code-based sex offender directory; to use this directory, you need to enter an Indiana zip code of interest. Then, the directory will scan public records in that area, and it will provide you with a full list of the sex offenders who live there, including their names, mugshots, exact address, their distance from you, and the sex crimes they were charged with.

You can also perform a sex offenders search on a single person with GoLookUp's criminal records directory. To use this directory, you need to enter the full name of the person in question. Within minutes, you will get a detailed account of the person's criminal records, including whether they are registered sex offenders, and whether they have violated Indiana statutory rape laws.