As the number of reported sex crimes continues to climb, we’re hearing more lately about statutory rape.
A 30-year-old math teacher at a Union City high school was charged this weekend with having sex with one of his 16-year-old students. Days earlier, Bergen County investigators arrested a 46-year-old Hudson County laundry shop owner who they said had been having sex with a girl a third his age.
In both cases the men are single. And in both cases, they are charged with sexual assault — the equivalent of rape.
In clearest terms: Statutory rape in New Jersey occurs when one of the partners is between 13 and 16 and the other is at least four years older. It doesn’t matter whether the girl consents.