***Please note that even a communication that establishes an attempt to engage in sexual conduct with a person who cannot legally consent to such conduct with you is a violation of the law under 18 Pa. On October 10, 2010, PA legislature modified the then existing statute by creating two subparagraphs: (1)(i) which relates to conduct that is not forbidden by Chapter 31 (relating to sexual offenses), and 1(ii) which does relate to said conduct.
§ 6301(1)(i) "Whoever, being of the age of 18 years and upwards, by any act corrupts or tends to corrupt the morals of any minor less than 18 years of age, or who aids, abets, entices or encourages any such minor in the commission of any crime, or who knowingly assists or encourages such minor in violating his or her parole or any order of court, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree." § 6301(1)(ii) "Whoever, being of the age of 18 years and upwards, by any course of conduct in violation of Chapter 31 (relating to sexual offenses) corrupts or tends to corrupt the morals of any minor less than 18 years of age, or who aids, abets, entices or encourages any such minor in the commission of an offense under Chapter 31 commits a felony of the third degree." In order to violate § 6301(1)(ii), one would have to first violate one of the sex offense statutes under Chapter 31 which include the 4 previously mentioned offenses.
Statutory rape is prosecuted under Pennsylvania’s rape and sexual assault laws. §§ 1101, 3121 (2017).) Statutory sexual assault includes sexual intercourse (including genital, oral, or anal penetration, however slight) with a child who 13, 14, or 15, when: A conviction for statutory sexual assault can result in up to 20 years in prison, a fine of as much as ,000, or both. This is because Pennsylvania has a marital exemption to the state’s statutory rape laws.Penalties depend on the ages of the defendant and victim, and the conduct that occurred, as described below. The marital defense is a remnant of the marital rape exemption.Statutory rape laws are premised on the assumption that minors are incapable of giving informed consent to sexual activities.Their incapacity is written into the statute—hence the term, “statutory” rape. § 3124.2 (2017).) State law requires—in addition to the applicable fines and prison time—that people convicted of certain instances of statutory rape must register as sex offenders.Except as provided in section 3121 (relating to rape), a person commits a felony of the second degree when that person engages in sexual intercourse with a complainant to whom the person is not married but less than eight years older than the complainant; or (2) eight years older but less than 11 years older than the complainant.
A person commits a felony of the first degree when the person engages in deviate sexual intercourse with a complainant who is and the complainant and person are not married to each other.You cannot legally engage in sexual conduct with any person who is 4 or more years older than you.F) , the earliest age that a person can legally consent to engaging in sexual conduct with you is 13.In order to overcome this confusion and be as clear as possible, we will discuss the age of consent as it pertains to specific statutes. Firstly, no one is permitted to engage in any sexual conduct with any person who is 12 years of age or younger.This constitutes rape, a felony of the first degree.Below you will find Pennsylvania's statutes (laws) that dictate when various forms of sexual conduct are legal.