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Ruling upholds Arizona law against sex with minors

A new court ruling upholds the constitutionality of an Arizona law that bars sexual intercourse with a person who is under 18 years of age.

A man convicted of the crime argued in his appeal that there needs to be proof that the defendant knew the age of the victim and that he should have been allowed to argue that he believed the victim was 18 years old.

But a ruling by a three-judge state Court of Appeals panel upholds the man’s conviction.

It says the prosecution must prove the victim’s age at the time of the offense but is not required to prove the defendant’s knowledge of the victim’s age.

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