Maryland Criminal Law Section 3-307

Article - Criminal Law

§ 3-307.

      (a)      A person may not:

            (1)      (i)      engage in sexual contact with another without the consent of the other; and

                  (ii)      1.      employ or display a dangerous weapon, or a physical object that the victim reasonably believes is a dangerous weapon;

                        2.      suffocate, strangle, disfigure, or inflict serious physical injury on the victim or another in the course of committing the crime;

                        3.      threaten, or place the victim in fear, that the victim, or an individual known to the victim, imminently will be subject to death, suffocation, strangulation, disfigurement, serious physical injury, or kidnapping; or

                        4.      commit the crime while aided and abetted by another;

            (2)      engage in sexual contact with another if the victim is a mentally defective individual, a mentally incapacitated individual, or a physically helpless individual, and the person performing the act knows or reasonably should know the victim is a mentally defective individual, a mentally incapacitated individual, or a physically helpless individual;

            (3)      engage in sexual contact with another if the victim is under the age of 14 years, and the person performing the sexual contact is at least 4 years older than the victim;

            (4)      engage in a sexual act with another if the victim is 14 or 15 years old, and the person performing the sexual act is at least 21 years old; or

            (5)      engage in vaginal intercourse with another if the victim is 14 or 15 years old, and the person performing the act is at least 21 years old.

      (b)      A person who violates this section is guilty of the felony of sexual offense in the third degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years.