18 year old and 15 year old

Arkansas

what are the age restrictions/limitations considered in inappropriate contact between two teenagers? the young man is 18 years old and the young lady is 15 years old. is there any legal restrictions when there is no formal consent by parents of the teenage girl?

The young man is legally an adult in the state of Arkansas. The laws regarding statutory rape are below as well as the "Definitions" of specific terms in the law such as, "Sexual Contact". There is some lattitude within the law as it relates to teens age 18 and 19 (by exclusion in statute 5-14-127 below) and this situation may not be handled as a "criminal" matter but possibly a cite able offense or an infraction. The best way to find out at your local level is to visit the local authorities and report what is happening. The 15 year old is still a minor; her care, welfare and control are the responsibility of the parents which gives them legal authority over her until she is 18 years of age. The 18 year old is a legal adult and is held accountable to the adult criminal justice system.

5-14-101. Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(1) “Deviate sexual activity” means any act of sexual gratification involving:

(A) The penetration, however slight, of the anus or mouth of a person by the penis of another person; or

(B) The penetration, however slight, of the labia majora or anus of a person by any body member or foreign instrument manipulated by another person;

(2) “Forcible compulsion” means physical force or a threat, express or implied, of death or physical injury to or kidnapping of any person;

(3) “Guardian” means a parent, stepparent, legal guardian, legal custodian, foster parent, or any person who by virtue of a living arrangement is placed in an apparent position of power or authority over a minor;

(4) (A) “Mentally defective” means that a person suffers from a mental disease or defect that renders the person:

(i) Incapable of understanding the nature and consequences of a sexual act; or

(ii) Unaware a sexual act is occurring.

(B) A determination that a person is mentally defective shall not be based solely on the person's intelligence quotient;

(5) “Mentally incapacitated” means that a person is temporarily incapable of appreciating or controlling the person's conduct as a result of the influence of a controlled or intoxicating substance:

(A) Administered to the person without the person's consent; or

(B) That renders the person unaware a sexual act is occurring;

(6) “Physically helpless” means that a person is:

(A) Unconscious;

(B) Physically unable to communicate a lack of consent; or

(C) Rendered unaware a sexual act is occurring;

(7) “Public place” means a publicly or privately owned place to which the public or a substantial number of people have access;

(8) “Public view” means observable or likely to be observed by a person in a public place;

(9) “Sexual contact” means any act of sexual gratification involving the touching, directly or through clothing, of the sex organs, buttocks, or anus of a person or the breast of a female; and

(10) “Sexual intercourse” means penetration, however slight, of the labia majora by a penis.

History. Acts 1975, No. 280, § 1801; 1985, No. 327, § 1; 1985, No. 563, § 1; A.S.A. 1947, § 41-1801; Acts 1995, No. 525, § 1; 2001, No. 1724, § 1.

5-14-127. Sexual assault in the fourth degree.

(a) A person commits sexual assault in the fourth degree if the person:

   (1) Being twenty (20) years of age or older, engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with another person who is:

     (A) Less than sixteen (16) years of age; and

     (B) Not the person's spouse; or

   (2) Engages in sexual contact with another person who is:

     (A) Less than sixteen (16) years of age; and

     (B) Not the person's spouse.

(b)   (1) Sexual assault in the fourth degree under subdivision (a)(1) of this section is a Class D felony.

    (2) Sexual assault in the fourth degree under subdivision (a)(2) of this section is a Class A misdemeanor if the person engages only in sexual contact with another person as described in subdivision (a)(2) of this section.

History. Acts 2001, No. 1738, § 5; 2003, No. 1325, § 1.

5-14-110. Sexual indecency with a child.

(a) A person commits sexual indecency with a child if:

   (1) Being eighteen (18) years of age or older, the person solicits another person who is less than fifteen (15) years of age or who is represented to be less than fifteen (15) years of age to engage in:

     (A) Sexual intercourse;

     (B) Deviate sexual activity; or

     (C) Sexual contact;

   (2)  (A) With the purpose to arouse or gratify a sexual desire of himself or herself or a sexual desire of any other person, the person purposely exposes his or her sex organs to another person who is less than fifteen (15) years of age.

     (B) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under subdivision (a)(2)(A) of this section if the person is within three (3) years of age of the victim; or

   (3) With the purpose to arouse or gratify a sexual desire of himself or herself or a sexual desire of any other person, the person purposely exposes his or her sex organs to another person who is less than eighteen (18) years of age, and the actor is:

     (A) Employed with the Department of Correction, Department of Community Correction, any city or county jail, or any juvenile detention facility, and the minor is in custody at a facility operated by the agency or contractor employing the actor;

     (B) A professional under § 12-12-507(b) and is in a position of trust or authority over the minor; or

     (C) The minor's guardian, an employee in the minor's school or school district, a temporary caretaker, or a person in a position of trust and authority over the minor;

   (4) With the purpose to arouse or gratify his or her sexual desire or a sexual desire of another person, a person who is eighteen (18) years of age or older:

     (A) Causes or coerces another person who is less than eighteen (18) years of age to expose his or her sex organs to another person; and

     (B) (i) Is employed with the Department of Correction, Department of Community Correction, any city or county jail, or any juvenile detention facility, and the minor is in custody at a facility operated by the agency or contractor employing the actor;

       (ii) Is a professional under § 12-12-507(b) and is in a position of trust or authority over the minor; or

       (iii) Is the minor's guardian, an employee in the minor's school or school district, a temporary caretaker, or a person in a position of trust or authority over the minor; or

   (5) Being eighteen (18) years of age or older, the person causes or coerces another person who is less than fourteen (14) years of age to expose his or her sex organs or the breast of a female with the purpose to arouse or gratify a sexual desire of himself, herself, or another person.

(b) Sexual indecency with a child is a Class D felony.

History. Acts 1975, No. 280, § 1810; A.S.A. 1947, § 41-1810; Acts 1995, No. 550, § 1; 2001, No. 1821, § 1; 2005, No. 1993, § 1; 2007, No. 531, § 1.