Thursday January 29, 2015
age of consent in South Dakota
If an adult age 19 is dating a 15 year old, can he be accused of statutory rape? Or, in other words, if they kiss, or french kiss and do not have intercourse, is it considered to be a crime?
If her parents don't have a problem with them dating, can anyone try and put a charge against them?
Kissing is not defined as "sexual contact" under the South Dakota codified laws and would not be considered illegal.
Any person suspecting abuse of a minor child can file a report with police or family services. It would be up to police to determine if the complaint is valid. Usually this would involve interviewing the parties involved.
The term "Sexual Contact" is used in the South Dakota statutory rape law rather than "sexual intercourse". The term "Sexual contact" is defined below.
22-22-7.1. Sexual contact defined--Exception when within the scope of medical practice. As used in this chapter, the term, sexual contact, means any touching, not amounting to rape, whether or not through clothing or other covering, of the breasts of a female or the genitalia or anus of any person with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of either party. Practitioners of the healing arts lawfully practicing within the scope of their practice, which determination shall be conclusive as against the state and shall be made by the court prior to trial, are not included within the provisions of this section. In any pretrial proceeding under this section, the prosecution has the burden of establishing probable cause.
Source: SL 1976, ch 158, § 22-4; SL 1982, ch 177, § 2; SL 1993, ch 178, § 5; SL 1997, ch 133, § 2; SL 2004, ch 152, § 1.
22-22-7. Sexual contact with child under sixteen--Felony or misdemeanor. Any person, sixteen years of age or older, who knowingly engages in sexual contact with another person, other than that person's spouse if the other person is under the age of sixteen years is guilty of a Class 3 felony. If the actor is less than three years older than the other person, the actor is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If an adult has a previous conviction for a felony violation of this section, any subsequent felony conviction for a violation under this section, is a Class 2 felony. Notwithstanding § 23A-42-2, a charge brought pursuant to this section may be commenced at any time before the victim becomes age twenty-five or within seven years of the commission of the crime, whichever is longer.
Source: SL 1950 (SS), ch 3, §§ 1, 2; SL 1955, ch 27; SDC Supp 1960, § 13.1727; SDCL, § 22-22- 8; SL 1976, ch 158, § 22-3; SL 1977, ch 189, § 52; SL 1981, ch 176; SL 1982, ch 176, § 2; SL 1984, ch 165, § 2; SL 1985, ch 181, § 2; SL 1989, ch 194, § 1; SL 1989, ch 195, § 1; SL 1990, ch 162, § 2; SL 1994, ch 166, § 3; SL 2006, ch 121, § 5.
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