What is the Age of Consent?

The age of consent in New Jersey is 16. The prosecution can bring statutory rape charges against anyone over eighteen (18) who has sexual relations with someone who fifteen (15) or younger. Moreover, if the adult is in a position of authority or discipline over the sixteen (16) year old, then the age of consent increases to eighteen (18). Consent is not a valid defense to a statutory rape charge in New Jersey.

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