State v. Gamez

In State v. Gamez, 227 Ariz. 445, 450,30, 258 P.3d 263, 268 (App. 2011), the Court noted that "when the legislature intends that the mens rea apply to the status of the victim, it says so explicitly." The Gamez court found that the Arizona statute criminalizing sexual conduct with a minor did not require proof that a defendant knew the victim was under 18 at the time of the offense, and thus upheld the defendant's conviction notwithstanding the absence of a finding that the defendant knew the victim was under age 18. Id. at 451,38, 258 P.3d at 269.