By Jessica Gillespie. People who engage in sexual activity with children under the age of consent can be convicted of criminal sexual conduct also called statutory rape. Sixteen is the age of consent in Minnesota. In all cases of statutory rape and related crimes, the crucial fact is whether the victim is underage. Consent is not an issue. First degree sexual conduct.
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When Teen Dating in Minnesota Can Be a Crime
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Minnesota Statutory Rape Laws
Recently, two teenagers — both considered juveniles by the law — were charged with felony offenses in Becker County in northwestern Minnesota due to their relationship. The specific reason? Their relationship had turned sexual, and that sexual contact is illegal within the confines of the law… because of how old the teens are. In our state, the age of consent is 16 years old. This means that anyone under the age of 16 is not legally able to consent to sexual activity and engaging in this type of behavior could result in a statutory rape charge.
Every person who has attained the full age of 18 years is capable in law of contracting into a civil marriage, if otherwise competent. A person of the full age of 16 years may, with the consent of the person's legal custodial parents, guardian, or the court, as provided in section If the judge of the district court of the county in which the person resides is absent from the county and has not by order assigned another judge or a retired judge to act in the judge's stead, then the court commissioner or any judge of district court of the county may approve the application for a license. That affidavit is being made for the purpose of requesting the judge's consent to allow this minor to marry and make this civil marriage legal. The undersigned is the judge of the district court where the minor resides and grants the request for the minor to marry.