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In re G.T.

Vermont Supreme Court
758 A.2d 301


Facts

G.T., a 14-year-old boy, had sexual relations with M.N., a 12-year-old girl. According to M.N., she and G.T. were watching television at her house one night when G.T began kissing her. G.T. proceeded to have intercourse with M.N. M.N. told G.T. that it hurt, but G.T. did not stop. M.N.’s mother interrupted the intercourse and told G.T. to leave the house. M.N. began crying and told her mother what had happened. G.T. was subsequently charged with statutory rape, a delinquent act. The statutory-rape statute criminalized sexual acts committed upon people 16 years of age or younger. The family court adjudicated G.T. a delinquent child, and G.T. appealed. On appeal, G.T. argued that he could not be charged with statutory rape because, as a 14-year-old boy, he falls under the protection of the statute.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Dooley, J.)

Dissent (Johnson, J.)

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