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This is the first post in a series on the law of sex in Maryland.This first post will focus on the age(s) of consent for sexual activity, defined broadly, in Maryland.
Article 27, Crimes and Punishments, has been recodified into the Criminal Law Article and to some extent the Criminal Procedure Article.
There is, simply put, no uniform age of consent in Maryland in the realm of sexuality.
Maryland’s criminal code prohibits a number of different activities on the basis of age, with aggravated penalties for certain acts involving particularly young people.
that can reasonably be construed to be for sexual arousal or gratification, or for the abuse of either party.
and sexual contact, defined as the touching of the “genital, anal or other intimate area” for the sexual arousal, gratification or abuse of either party.
While some of those laws make common sense, §11-602 of the Criminal Law Article reads as follows: (a) Prohibited.- A person may not knowingly sell or offer to sell to a minor: (1) a picture, photograph, drawing, sculpture, motion picture, film, or other visual representation or image of an individual or portion of the human body that depicts sadomasochistic abuse, sexual conduct, or sexual excitement; (2) a book, magazine, paperback, pamphlet, or other written or printed matter however reproduced, that contains: (i) any matter enumerated in item (1) of this section; (ii) obscene material; or (iii) explicit verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sadomasochistic abuse, sexual conduct, or sexual excitement; or (3) a sound recording that contains: (i) obscene material; or (ii) explicit verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sadomasochistic abuse, sexual conduct, or sexual excitement.