For more information on statutory rape, see Statutory Rape Laws, Charges, and Punishments.In statutory rape cases, the determinative fact is whether the child is underage.Maryland Age Statutes Legal ages in Maryland are highlighted in the chart below. 13 §503(a)); age 15 re insurance and cannot repudiate on basis of minority (Est. Although the age of majority in Maryland is 18, emancipation can allow for a minor as young as 15 to be responsible for his or her own decisions regarding school, healthcare, and other matters.Married minor may buy or sell property and to join in deed, mortgage, lease, notes if spouse is of age (Est. In most cases, until they are emancipated or they turn 18, juveniles will normally be treated as such in criminal cases, including age and status offenses.Two teens who were arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl at their high school had recently arrived from Central America, reports suggest.Police in Maryland arrested Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez, 18, after the young girl told school officials the pair had forced her into a bathroom stall and raped her.
Stallings said her daughter did leave on her own accord, but she did not understand the consequences. She said her daughter told the FBI, who helped locate her, that there were other girls also in the same homes she was taken to."I don’t think she really understood the magnitude of how much danger she was in,” said the girl’s mother. The sleepless nights, not being able to eat, not knowing what your child is going through. One of the biggest concerns has been the staggering number of teenagers who have gone missing in such a short time span.“Some of them allowed me to shower, some of them didn't.Just that idea of her thinking that these people possibly were good people, no one would do that to a kid. It is just really sad every time I think about it."The teenager was picked up at her Baltimore high school by an adult man she had met online.First, a person commits the crime of second degree rape, the most serious statutory rape offense in Maryland, by engaging in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 14 when the defendant is at least four years older. The defense, part of the marital rape exemption, only applies to consensual sexual activity. For example, even if the child lied about his or her age to the defendant and others, that would provide no defense to the crime if, in fact, the child is underage.Statutory rape and second degree sexual offense are punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment.Maryland Legal Ages Laws: Related Resources State laws regulating legal ages are subject to change.