Age differences also impact the sentencing for statutory rape in Ohio.
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.
This offense is a misdemeanor if the defendant was fewer than four years older than the victim.
Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, several months in jail, or both.
And for information about rape between spouses, see Ohio Marital Rape Laws.