A person commits statutory sodomy if he has deviate sexual intercourse with a minor. The definition of a minor differs from state to state but in general, a minor is person below the legal age of consent as prescribed by the state laws.
Statutory Sodomy 1st degree
A person commits the offense in the first degree if he or she has deviate sexual intercourse with another person who is less than fourteen years of age. The offense of statutory sodomy in the first degree or an attempt to commit the offense is a felony.
The authorized term of imprisonment is between 5years to life imprisonment, unless in aggravated offenses where the term of imprisonment is between 10years to life imprisonment.
If a person is found to be a predatory offender, he or she faces an extended term of imprisonment, Persistent Sexual offenders get life imprisonment without eligibility for parole.
Statutory sodomy 2nd degree
A person is guilty of the offense if he, being of age 21 or older has deviate sexual intercourse with a person who is 17 or younger.
Statutory rape vs Statutory Sodomy
Statutory rape refers to the act of a person having sexual intercourse with another below the legal age of consent within the applicable jurisdiction while Statutory sodomy refers to deviate sexual intercourse between a person and a minor. Both could land the offender in prison for a period not less than 5 years.
Beyond the law
Being convicted as a sexual offender is a serious offense and something that will hang over your head your entire life. It will affect your opportunities in life and your social life as a whole.
Staying away from all sexual offenses is highly advised. If you think you have been wrongly accused, contact a good defense lawyer.