Aggravated Indecent Assault is one of the more serious sex crimes that you can be charged with in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Aggravated Indecent Assault is a sex crime that requires the government to prove that the accused committed acts which do not quite rise to the level of Rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sexual assault. Even though the sex crime of Aggravated Indecent Assault read more about Aggravated Indecent Assault is not as serious as these other crimes, it is still an extremely serious charge and upon conviction, requires that an accused spend several years in state prison and register as a sexual offender under Megan's Law/ Sorna. It is imperative that you contact an experienced Sex Crimes attorney immediately if you are being investigated for committing this crime.
Aggravated Indecent Assault can be found in Title 18 section 3125 of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. In order to be convicted of this crime, Sex Crimes, what should I know? the government must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
That the Defendant engaged in penetration, however slight, (meaning it may only have happened once and it may only have been the accused's finger) of the genitals or anus of the alleged victim with a part of the person's body for a purpose other than medical treatment.
The Defendant is guilty of this crime if the government proves that the penetration occurred (this list is not complete):
(1) without the alleged victim's consent;
(2) the Defendant did so by forcible compulsion;
(3) the alleged victim is unconscious or the alleged Defendant knows that the alleged victim is unaware that the penetration is occurring;
(4) the Defendant has substantially impaired the alleged victim's ability to appraise or control her conduct as a result of the administration of drugs, given without the alleged victim's knowledge
This crime is graded as a felony of the second degree and therefore punishable by a maximum of 10 years in state prison so long as the alleged victim is not a minor