For more information on these crimes, see Maryland Sexual Battery Laws, Maryland Assault and Battery Laws, and Maryland Aggravated Assault Laws. [Crim.] Code §§ 3-301, 3-306, 3-312.) Finally, a person commits the crime of third degree sexual offense, the least serious statutory rape charge, by: (Md. [Crim.] Code §§ 3-301, 3-307.) In many states, including Maryland, lawmakers have enacted “Romeo and Juliet” exceptions to protect young people from criminal charges for engaging in consensual sexual activity with others close to their own age. [Crim.] Code §§ 3-304, 3-306, 3-307.) It is also a criminal offense in Maryland for teachers and other school employees over the age of 21 to engage in sexual activity with school students under the age of 18 who are under the authority of the defendant. [Crim.] Code § 3-308.) In Maryland, people who invite or urge children under the age of 18 to engage in unlawful sexual conduct (such as statutory rape) may be convicted of child enticement, even if no sexual conduct ever occurs between the defendant and the child.
People who engage in sexual acts against others without their consent can, of course, be prosecuted and convicted of other crimes, such as sexual assault, assault, or battery. In other cases the stalker and the victim may know one another casually or be associated in an informal or formal way. The persons involved may be married or divorced or may have been sexual partners.She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.However, because of their age difference, the jury still found Dixon guilty of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, and sentenced him to a mandatory 10 years in prison under Georgia law.