Many adults in Maryland have May-December romances, and even young love can blossom into a meaningful long-term relationship lasting well into adulthood. However, there are instances in which even consensual sexual contact, sexual acts or vaginal intercourse between two individuals is illegal. This is known as "statutory rape," as the reported victims in such cases are legally deemed incapable of consent.
An individual in Maryland cannot engage in sexual contact with another individual if the other individual is under 14-years-old, and the individual performing the sexual contact is four or more years older than the other individual. For example, if an individual is 17-years-old and engages in sexual contact with a 13-year-old, the 17-year-old will have violated this law.