Tennessee Age of Consent & Sex Laws Tennessee Age of Consent Laws 2024

What is the Tennessee Age of Consent?

The Tennessee Age of Consent is 18 years old. In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 17 or younger in Tennessee are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.

Tennessee statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age 18. A close in age exemption allows teens ages 13-18 to consent to partners less than 4 years older. Punishments differ depending on the ages of victim and offender.

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Tennessee has a close-in-age exemption. A close in age exemption, also known as "Romeo and Juliet law", is designed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.

Depending on the situation, the Tennessee close-in-age exemption may completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from the age of consent law, or merely provide a legal defence that can be used in the event of prosecution.

Age of Consent across the United States

The Age of Consent ranges state-by-state from 16 to 18 years old across the United States. Click the map to view any state's age of consent laws.

Age Of Consent:

16 years old
17 years old
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Punishments for Violating the Age Of Consent in Tennessee

Tennessee has six statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state. One or more of these charges may be used to prosecute violations of the Tennessee Age of Consent, as statutory rape or the Tennessee equivalent of that charge.

The severity of the criminal charge (felony, misdemeanor, etc) depends on the specifics of the acts committed and the relative ages of the perpetrator and victim. Click any charge for more detailed information.

Criminal Charge Severity Punishment
Aggravated rape of a child three years or less Class A felony Maximum of 60 years in prison and a maximum fine $50,000
Aggravated statutory rape Class D felony Maximum of 12 years in prison and a maximum fine $5,000
Mitigated statutory rape Class E felony Maximum of 6 years in prison and a maximum fine $3,000
Rape of a child more than three but under 13 Class A felony Maximum of 60 years in prison and a maximum fine $50,000
Statutory rape Class E felony Maximum of 6 years in prison and a maximum fine $3,000
Statutory rape by an authority figure Class C felony Maximum of 15 years in prison and a maximum fine $10,000

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