Sexual Interference – Invitation to Sexual Touching - Sexual Exploitation.
Sexual Acts and a Minor
This offence is laid by police when the complainant is under the age of 16, and has alleged that they have been touched, either directly or indirectly, for a sexual purpose. This charge will almost always be accompanied by a charge of sexual assault.
Invitation to Sexual Touching
This offence involves a person under the age of 16 being asked to directly or indirectly to touch themselves, another person, or the person charged for a sexual purpose.
Similar to Sexual Interference and Invitation to Sexual Touching, Sexual Exploitation makes it a crime for these acts to occur on a complainant between the ages to 16 but under the age of 18. Sexual Exploitation may occur if the accused is considered a person in a position of trust or authority (parent, teacher, coach, clergy, etc). The court will take into consideration factors such as the age of the complainant; the age difference between the complainant and the accused; what the relationship was between the two; how and when the relationship evolved; and what was the level of control of the accused over the complainant.
If you have been charged with any of these offences:
- Don’t talk to police;
- Hire a lawyer;
- Learn your options, and the ramifications of a finding of guilt.
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The law in this area is evolving, and the sentencing for these charges have been altered by the courts, but the legislation has been slow to change.
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