Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 566
Sexual Offenses
Section 566.020

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Mistake as to age--consent not a defense, when.

566.020. 1. Whenever in this chapter the criminality of conduct depends upon a child being less than fourteen years of age, it is no defense that the defendant believed the child to be older.

2. Whenever in this chapter the criminality of conduct depends upon a child being less than seventeen years of age, it is an affirmative defense that the defendant reasonably believed that the child was seventeen years of age or older.

3. Consent is not a defense to any offense under this chapter if the alleged victim is less than fourteen years of age.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1994 S.B. 693, A.L. 2006 H.B. 1698, et al., A.L. 2013 H.B. 215, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Effective 1-01-17

Until December 31, 2016--Mistake as to age--consent not a defense, when.

566.020. 1. Whenever in this chapter the criminality of conduct depends upon a child being thirteen years of age or younger, it is no defense that the defendant believed the child to be older.

2. Whenever in this chapter the criminality of conduct depends upon a child being under seventeen years of age, it is an affirmative defense that the defendant reasonably believed that the child was seventeen years of age or older.

3. Consent is not an affirmative defense to any offense under chapter 566 if the alleged victim is less than twelve years of age.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1994 S.B. 693, A.L. 2006 H.B. 1698, et al., A.L. 2013 H.B. 215)

*This section was amended by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17. Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.


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