Sexual Assault on a Child

Any actor who knowingly subjects another to any sexual contact commits sexual assault on a child if the victim is less than fifteen years of age and the actor is at least four years older than the victim. Consent is no defense to sexual assault on a child, even if the person accused is also a child. It is also no defense that the participants in the sexual contact were siblings or related family members. Sexual assault on a child does not require proof of sexual penetration, only sexual contact. Sexual assault on a child also does not require proof of force against the victim, however if force or threat is involved, the felony level increases.

Sentencing for sexual assault on a child may also be indeterminate, meaning any sentence to the department of corrections may result in a life sentence to prison.

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