Statutory rape - Tennessee Sexual Assault Laws

In Tennessee, the criminal charge of Statutory rape is classified as a Statutory Class E felony.

Statutory rape Crime & Punishment in Tennessee :

The Tennessee code § 39-13-506 defines one degrees of the crime statutory rape, each with associated punishments. The degree of the crime depends on the specifics of the crime committed, with higher degrees of the charge generally receiving harsher punishments.

Severity Statutory rape - Charge Description Punishment
Class E felony
  • If victim is at least 15 but under 18, and offender is more than five years older but less than 10 years older than victim.
  • If victim is at least 13 but under 15, and offender is at least four years older but less than 10 years older than victim.
Maximum of 6 years in prison and a maximum fine $3,000

Tennessee law allows statutory rape to be enforced as a statutory charge. This means that this charge can be applied to cases in which the victim is younger than the Tennessee Age of Consent, even if the victim willingly engages in sexual relations with the defendant.

Statutory rape defined in other states :

Statutory rape is a charge in a total of two other state(s). The exact definition, charge type, and potential sentencing of this charge varying state to state. For further details please refer to the state page.

State Charge Type(s) Punishment(s)
Georgia Felony; Misdemeanor 10-20 years in prison.; 1-20 years in prison ; Jail time not to exceed 12 months and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000.00
Mississippi 5-30 years based on age of defendant

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