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It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted. The age gap for determining unlawful sexual conduct with teenagers may get more narrow. For the second consecutive year, a lawmaker is proposing an amendment that makes it a crime for a person who is seven or more years older to engage in sexual conduct with a or year-old.
The law currently sets the age difference at 10 years or more. Depending on what type of conduct occurs, the offense is either a third-degree felony or class A misdemeanor. The criminal justice interim committee signed off Wednesday on the change, proposed by Rep. Greenwood's proposal, which was endorsed by the Utah PTA, received committee and House approval during the session but stalled in the Senate's rules committee.
Lawmakers pulled the year difference "out of the air" when they passed the law in , said Greenwood, a retired Utah Highway Patrol officer. But Utah is now among a minority of states setting the line at that age span. RAINN does not endorse, guarantee or warranty the accuracy, reliability or thoroughness of any referenced information, product or service.
For women, the age of consent in Utah is 16 years old. For example, a 14 year old can consent to sexual intercourse with a person as old as. Section , Unlawful sexual conduct with a or year-old. is 16 years of age or older, but younger than 18 years of age, at the time the sexual conduct.
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