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Law Summary

A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her.

Full Text of the Law

97-29-55. Seduction of female over age of eighteen by promised or pretended marriage.

If any person shall obtain carnal knowledge of any woman, or female child, over the age of eighteen years, of previous chaste character, by virtue of any feigned or pretended marriage or any false or feigned promise of marriage, he shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned in the penitentiary not more than five years; but the testimony of the female seduced, alone, shall not be sufficient to warrant a conviction.

Sources: Codes, 1892, 1298; Laws, 1906, 1372; Hemingway's 1917, 1108; Laws, 1930, 1137; Laws, 1942, 2374; Laws, 1888, p. 89.


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