Moreover, the penalty ranges of crimes like child molest and sexual misconduct of a minor significantly increase based on the Defendant’s age and the the alleged victim.For example, crimes involving victims between the ages of 14-16 aren’t nearly as severe as crimes against those 13 and below.– ‘That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet’ (Juliet, Act 2 Scene 1) In almost every single sex-based crime that is charged in Indiana, the stakes couldn’t be much higher.Whether someone is facing high fines, a lengthy prison sentence, a long-term sex registration, and/or the public stigma of a sex-based conviction, it is no wonder we receive so many calls on these types of cases.
The woman found his identification and realized that he lied to her about his identity. She filed a police report, and Spoor later admitted to the crimes.
Interestingly, for the longest time (and as is the case in most instances), age is the determining factor in determining the penalty range of a sex-based crime. An adult, so long as they don’t have a position of power or trust over the 16 year old, may have a consensual sexual encounter with anyone 16 years of age and older.
Many people are surprised to hear the age of consent is less than 18 years old in Indiana.
Furthermore, crimes of defendants between 18 and 21 are typically less harsh than when the defendant is over the age of 21. While the age of consent in Indiana is 16, this rule allows 14 and 15 year old juveniles to partake in consensual sexual activity with peers so long as that sexual partner is no more than 4 years older than them.
But, have you ever heard of the Romeo and Juliet defense in Indiana? In fact, when most people hear of it, they think it’s a joke. This law was created to protect those that had been in a dating relationship prior to engaging in sexual conduct, and by the nature of timing, became an age where the sexual conduct would be illegal if it were to continue.This is the third time Spoor has been accused of having unprotected sex without first informing his partners of his HIV positive status.