What is Carnal Knowledge of a child?
The carnal Knowledge is referred to be the act of sexual intercourse between a male and a female, in which penetration of sexual organs are involved. In essence it may refer to rape, child molestation, or sex with the mutual consent but with below the age of consent, legal age, or below 18 years of age.
The laws may differ from states to state, and so may the penalties, but essentially the carnal knowledge of a child between ages 13 to 15 is defined and punished in the same manner. Carnal Knowledge laws in Virginia are slightly stricter than the rest of the states in the U.S. and hence discussed below accordingly.
How Virginia Law recognizes Carnal knowledge of a child aged 13 to 15
An individual is convicted for carnal knowledge of a child aging between 13 to 15 years of age, if the individual ‘carnally knows’ the child without forcing the act. A Child between 13 to 15 years of age is considered to be a person without a consent.
Also, if a child happens to be older than 13 years but still below the age of 15 years and is consenting to the act of sexual intercourse, and the individual being accused is also a minor – below the legal age – with a difference of at least 3 years difference in their ages, then the accused would be convicted of Class 6 Felony, but if the difference is less than three years then it would be categorized as a Class 4 misdemeanor.
The difference in the ages in such a case is found by referring to the original date of births of both the child and accused.
Similarly a child below 13 years old would not be considered as a child with consent. Also the term carnal knowledge may just not refer to the act of sexual intercourse, and may also include sexual acts of cunnilingus, anilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, and sexual penetration using animate or inanimate objects.
What is the Penalty for Carnal Knowledge of a Child aged 13 to 15
As per the Virginia State Law a Carnal Knowledge of Child below the age 13 which includes the act of sexual intercourse can cause imprisonment of five years to lifetime imprisonment.
Similarly an individual who is accused of carnal knowledge with a child between the ages of 13 and 15 may be sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison.
A sentence for the sexual offender accused for carnal knowledge of a child with age ranging from 13 to 15 when the accused is a minor and the victim is three or more years younger than the accused would contain one to 5 years in prison.
Similarly the sentence along with the verdict of carnal knowledge of minor between 13 to 15 years of age when the accused is a minor with the victim being less than three years younger than the accused, the victim would be charged with a fine of maximum $250.