Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors Last updated June 20, Kids can't wait to do everything. And their parents can hardly stand to see them grow up so fast. In the constant battle of "how old is hold enough," what does the legal system have to say on the matter? Where do Hawkeye State laws draw the line between minors and adults?
The Iowa Age of Consent is 16 years old.
In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in Iowa are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape.
Iowa statutory rape law is violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under age A close in age exemption allows teens aged 14 and 15 to consent to partners less than 4 years older. Regardless of age, it is also illegal for a school employee to engage in sexual intercourse with a current student or even a student who attended school within 30 days of such a violation.
Iowa has a close-in-age exemption. A close in age exemptionalso known as "Romeo and Juliet law", is deed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are ificantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.
Depending on the situation, the Iowa close-in-age exemption may completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from the age of consent law, or merely provide a legal defence that can be used in the event of prosecution. The Age of Consent ranges state-by-state from 16 to 18 years old across the United States.
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Click the map to view any state's age of consent laws. Iowa has seven statutory sexual abuse charges on the books which are used to prosecute age of consent and child abuse related crimes within the state. One or more of these charges may be used to prosecute violations of the Iowa Age of Consent, as statutory rape or the Iowa equivalent of that charge.
The severity of the criminal charge felony, misdemeanor, etc depends on the specifics of the acts committed and the relative ages of the perpetrator and victim.
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