Missouri Age of consent

Missouri

Why have the age of concent set at 17 years of age if you can't press charges on a 18 female having sex with a 15 year old male? But, if he was 14 then you could press charges. If the age of concent is 17 years old then to me anyone over 18 should get charged with statutory rape with they are having sex with anyone under the age of 17. Right?

Very good question, and one that law makers are asking now also. The statutory rape laws in Missouri are under revision at this time to change the age and make the laws gender neutral. We don't anticipate these laws will go into effect until later this year.

In the statute 566.034 (below,) the text begins with a non gender bias term "a person" but goes on to describe the person as male "he". It also limits prosecution to males over 21 years of age. We will be doing some research on case law to see what impact this has had in previous cases. We will be updating the site with more information on the changes in Missouri as they unfold. For now, this is the statutory rape law in Missouri.

Statutory rape, second degree, penalty.

566.034. 1. A person commits the crime of statutory rape in the second degree if being twenty-one years of age or older, he has sexual intercourse with another person who is less than seventeen years of age.

2. Statutory rape in the second degree is a class C felony.