Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Statutory Rape of 13-Year-Old Wife

"A 22-year-old man charged earlier this year with the equivalent of statutory rape after impregnating his 13-year-old girlfriend, whom he later married, pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree sexual assault of a child. . . .Mr. Koso and his wife, Crystal, began dating in September 2003, when he was 20 and she was 12. They were married in May in Hiawatha, Kan., with their parents' blessing. Their daughter was born in August.In Nebraska, it is illegal for anyone under 17 to marry, and for anyone 19 or older to have sex with someone younger than 16.Kansas has no minimum age for marrying, but requires anyone under 18 to have parental or judicial consent. The Kansas Legislature will consider a bill next month that would establish a minimum marriage age of 16." By Gretchen Ruethling, New York Times Link to Article (last visited 12-14-05 NVS)

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