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Without consent, the sexual intercourse is considered statutory rape, and the minor can press criminal charges against the adult.
Unlike most other states, Montana does not allow persons below the age of consent to have consensual sex even if they are close to the same age.
A person who engages in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 16 commits the crime of sexual intercourse without consent.
The crime is punished more severely if the defendant is four or more years older than the victim, and rape of a child under the age of 12 is punished very severely. § § 45-5-501, 45-5-503.) In Montana, sexual assault is a less serious crime than sexual intercourse without consent. § 45-5-502.) For example, a 17-year-old who fondles a 13-year-old could be convicted of sexual assault.
For more information on this crime, see Child Enticement Laws in Montana. Many states have enacted “Romeo and Juliet” exceptions to statutory rape laws.
Named for Shakespeare’s characters, these exceptions protect young people from criminal charges as a result of consensual sexual activity with other teens.