Article , dealing with sex with persons between 12 and 16 years, only applies outside of marriage, however a marriage with someone under 16 requires authorization from the Minister of Justice, which can only be obtained if there are "compelling reasons" for such a marriage. This applies to both heterosexual and homosexual conduct. One particularly shocking case drew international attention when year-old Georgia resident, Genarlow Wilson, was charged with aggravated child molestation and sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a year-old girl. If the victim if under age 16 and the offender is at least three years older, life imprisonment or four to years. Issues of consent, the age of the defendant and his belief as to the age of the victim could be taken into account at the point of sentence, and indeed in this case the defendant had been given a conditional discharge the second most lenient sentence available. Article A person who, out of wedlock, with a person who has reached the age of twelve but has not reached sixteen years, performs indecent acts comprising or including sexual penetration of the body is liable to a term of imprisonment up to eight years or a fine up to that of the fifth category. Teenagers aged 13, 14 and 15 may or may not be able to legally engage in sexual activity with partners who are less than 4 years older. District of Columbia This close-in-age exception exists because statutory rape laws are meant to prevent minors from being sexually exploited by adults. Sexual intercourse with someone under age However, when the male was 19 and the female was 15 sexual conduct between the two constituted statutory sexual seduction commonly known as statutory rape in most states. Allowing a convicted party to petition for expungement after serving any adjudged sentence. However, there can be no conviction for statutory rape in Georgia based only on the unsupported testimony of the victim. According to Louisiana law, it is a misdemeanor for someone aged 17 to 19 to have consensual sex with someone aged 15 to 17 if the difference between their ages is more than two years.