Statutory Rape Or Sexual Abuse Of A Child
When you are accused of taking advantage of someone underage, it may feel like the whole world is against you. Everyone assumes you are guilty.
“My name is Michael Spano. I have experience handling sex crimes cases as both a former prosecuting attorney and as a criminal defense trial lawyer. I have successfully defended clients in Syracuse and Central New York accused of sex with a minor or sexual contact with children.
I am ready to represent parents and family members, stepdads and boyfriends, teachers and coaches, high school and college students — anyone accused of these serious crimes.
I know what’s at stake. I will fight to get charges dismissed.” — Michael Spano
To arrange a consultation with Mr. Spano about your case, call his office today.
Sex With Minors And Statutory Rape
By law, an underage person cannot consent to sex. In New York, the age of full consent is 17.* There are three degrees of rape (penetration) or sexual misconduct (oral sex and other acts), depending on your age and the age of the alleged victim:
- Any sexual contact with a child under age 11
- The child is under 13 and you are 18 or older
- Forcible acts or physically helpless victim (any age)
- The minor is under 15 and you are 18 or older
- Victim is mentally incapacitated (any age)
- The minor is under 17 and you are 21 or older
- Victim is over 17 but unable to consent for other reasons
- Victim is legal age, but you are a person in a position of authority
Online Solicitation For Sex With A Minor
Authorities have cracked down on internet sex crimes, monitoring websites or using undercover officers to pose as teens. Based on emails, phone calls or text messages, an adult can face criminal charges for merely arranging to hook up with a teenager, even if no sexual contact actually occurs.