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The lack of a “close in age” exemption makes these charges extremely difficult to navigate, and could have a lifelong impact on a teenager who may not know any better.
According to Kansas criminal law, the age of consent is 16 years old.
That means anyone aged 15 and below cannot give legally-recognized consent to sexual activity, and any charges levied due to sexual conduct with someone 15 and below will be considered “statutory rape.” This crime carries much heavier penalties, as it is automatically considered a level 3 felony.
This also means that a 16 year old could face statutory rape charges for having intercourse with a 15 year old significant other.
The charges could even be upgraded to level 1 felony if they have sex with a 14 year old.