In most states, the travel or transportation of a minor over state lines with the intention of engaging in sexual activity is in itself a severe misdemeanor or felony.
Depending on the charges, conviction can carry penalties ranging from one to fifty years in prison and registration as a sex offender .Thus, if an adult has sex with a minor below the age of consent, the adult may be charged with statutory rape.In Arkansas, a person must be at least 16 years old in order to consent to sex. (2) If a judicial officer has reason to believe that mental disease or defect of the defendant will or has become an issue in the case, the judicial officer shall enter such orders as are consistent with § 5-2-305. (2) It is no defense to prosecution under subdivisions (a)(1)(C) or (D) of this section that the victim consented to the conduct. (b)(1) A court may issue a permanent no contact order when: (A) A defendant pleads guilty or nolo contendere; or (B) All the defendant’s appeals have been exhausted and the defendant remains convicted.