Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse is an umbrella term that describes a number of different Utah crimes against children. Here are a few of those crimes.

Rape of a Child.

A person commits a rape of a child when he or she “has sexual intercourse with a child who is under the age of 14.” Child rape is a first-degree felony, and the punishment is twenty-five years to life in prison. If a person causes serious bodily harm to the child during the rape or the rapist was already convicted of another serious sexual offense, the punishment is life without possibility of parole.

Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Sexual abuse of a minor happens when a person who is seven years of more older than a minor (who is fourteen to sixteen), (1) touches the private parts of a minor, (2) takes indecent liberties with a minor, or (3) has a minor take indecent liberties on the person, and has the intent to cause serious emotional or bodily harm or arouse or gratify sexual urges.

Sexual abuse of a minor is a class A misdemeanor, which can be punished by up to one year in jail.

Forcible Sexual Abuse.

Forcible sexual abuse happens when a person touches the private parts of a minor, fourteen or older, without that minors consent, in order to cause serious emotional or bodily harm or arouse or gratify sexual urges. In Utah, forcible sexual abuse is either a second or third-degree felony, and may be punishable by life in prison.

Unlawful Sexual Conduct with 16 or 17 Year Old.

This crime essentially prohibits anyone who is ten years or older than a sixteen or seventeen-year-old minor from having sex with that minor. Sex is broadly defined, and can include oral sex or any number of other things. This crime is prosecuted as either a class A misdemeanor or third-degree felony.

Sexual Battery.

Sexual battery occurs when a person touches the private parts of another person, whether or not through clothes, and that person knew or should have known doing so would cause the other person alarm. Sexual battery is a class A misdemeanor in Utah.

All of the crimes described above, and there are many more, are very serious and require experienced, personal representation. Brown Law‘s Utah criminal defense team here to help you keep your freedom and keep yourself of the sex-offender registry list. Do not trust just anyone, contact your Salt Lake child sexual abuse attorney today: 801.685.9999 or 800.299.1016. We are available 24/7 and offer free consultations.