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Under New York law, sexual abuse involves sexual contact without consent committed against another. The lowest charge related to this is third-degree sexual abuse. This crime can be elevated to a more serious charge based on the circumstances, such as the alleged victim’s age as well as when the victim is physically helpless. The least offensive sexual abuse crime is charged as a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to three months of incarceration and/or a fine of up to $500. The crime of “forcible touching” is more serious and is charged as Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Other New York sex offenses include sexual misconduct, various degrees of rape, criminal sexual acts, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual conduct/assault against a child, and more. The charges for these crimes will vary depending on the type of crime.
For example, rape in the first degree is charged as a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and is considered a “violent” felony. It includes sexual intercourse with a child below the age of 11, sexual intercourse with a child below the age of 13 by someone at least 18, sexual intercourse committed by forceful coercion, or sexual intercourse with someone in a helpless condition, such as when unconscious from drugs or alcohol.
Aside from prison time, fines, and probation, sex crime convictions can make sex offender registration mandatory under New York’s Sex Offender Registration Act.
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