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What is Statutory Rape Law and its Punishments in Kentucky?

Governments have rightly decided that the most effective way to ensure the safety of citizens is to enact appropriate laws and make all possible efforts to implement them meticulously. Though there are a number of such laws, some of them are unique and implementation of them is very much needed for the utmost safety of the citizens and more particularly when certain untoward incidents take place. Statutory rape law is one such law.

Several countries have put this law in place and the United States of America, being the largest democracy in the world,  has enacted it as well. Let us now find out more about the Kentucky statutory rape law and what punishments are meted out to the accused according to this law. 

What is Kentucky Statutory Rape Law?

Kentucky statutory rape law is not much different from similar laws of other states in the United States of Americal. According to this law, a person is said to have committed the crime of statutory rape if she or he has sexual intercourse with another person who is below 16, which is the age when she or he can give consent for such an act. This means that if sexual intercourse is had with a person below 16 years of age, the person who carries out this act is said to have committed the crime.

Kentucky Statutory Rape Law
Not only sexual intercourse, but any other sexual activity with a person below the age of 16 is also illegal. Similarly, a person holding a trust-worthy position or a position of authority should not engage or indulge in activities of sexual contact with a person of 16 or 17 years of age. 

According to a clause that has found a place in the Kentucky statutory rape law during July 2018, a person of 16 or 17 years of age should not indulge in activities of sexual conduct with a person who is 10 years or even more years elder to her or him. In the state of Kentucky, statutory rape is a crime that is governed by the rape law and sodomy law of the state.

From the above clauses, it is quite evident that the age of the affected is what determines the crime. Even if the affected child has initiated the action or has agreed to the sexual act, it is of no relevance.

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What are the punishments meted out to the convicted as per the Kentucky statutory rape law?

Most of these statutory rape crimes fall under the category of a felony according to the Kentucky statutory rape law. Activities of rape or sodomy of children below 12 years of age are considered Class-A felonies. Those who commit them will be imprisoned for a period between 20 and 50 years or they may get life imprisonment. There can be a fine up to $10,000 as well.

Activities of rape or sodomy of children below 14 years of age are considered Class-C felonies. Those who committed them can face imprisonment for a period between five and 10 years and a fine up to $10,000.

Rape, sodomy, or sexual abuse of children below 12 years of age belong to Class-C felony and those who commit these crimes can be imprisoned for a period between five and ten years. They may have to pay a fine up to $10,000 also. Other types of sexual misdemeanors or abuses are also punishable and those who commit them may be imprisoned for a period of 90 days or longer.

They may have to pay a fine up to $250. But sexual abuses that come under the category of a felony are viewed seriously and those who commit them may face imprisonment up to a period of five years. The fine they may have to pay may range between $1,000 and $10,000.

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In addition to the above, the Kentucky statutory rape law requires that those who have been convicted of these sex crimes should register themselves as sex offenders. But if the defendants were below 18 years of age at the time of committing the crime, they are not required to register as sex offenders.

Kentucky Sex Offender Search

Searching for Kentucky sex offenders who have violated Kentucky statutory rape laws is easy thanks to online directories that are available for you 24/7. First, you can search for Kentucky sex offenders in the state's online public records directory; information about people who have violated Kentucky statutory rape laws is made public, and the state allows you to search for this data whenever you desire. You can also perform a Kentucky sex offender search by using GoLookUp, an advanced public records search directory.

To perform the search, you can use the website's criminal records search – to find out if someone is a registered sex offender, you will need to enter their name into the site's directory. When the search engine finishes scanning public records, you will get a report that includes the said person's full criminal history, including a sex offender registry.

GoLookUp's also operates a zip-code based sex offender search engine that allows you to perform a wider search; when you enter a zip code into this directory, the search engine will scan public records in that area, and you will be provided with a report that includes the names of all the sex offenders who live in the area in question, the crimes they committed, their mugshots, and much more.