In Pennsylvania, sex crimes are very serious charges. Sex crimes such as aggravated indecent assault occur when a person forces a person to let him penetrate the anus or genitals of another person without their consent. In order for sex crimes such as aggravated indecent assault to occur, there are specific circumstances that must be met. These circumstances are that the offender uses force or threat of force; corruption of minors there was no medical, hygiene or law enforcement reason for the penetration; the alleged victim was unconscious or unaware; the victim might have a mental disability that makes them unable to consent; the victim was younger than 13, or the victim was younger than 16 and the offender was 20 or older and not married to them.
Aggravated indecent assault is a serious offense and carries a harsher penalty than indecent assault. Aggravated indecent assault is a felony of the second degree and carries a possible penalty of up to ten years in jail and fines up to $25,000. If the victim of the crime was under the age of 13, the charge will become a felony of the first degree, statutory sexual assault which carries a possible penalty of up to twenty years in prison and up to $25,000. Along with jail time and fines, if you are found guilty of aggravated indecent assault you may be required to register a sex offender. These types of sexual crimes not only come with legal penalties but may come with social stigmas and penalties. In order to receive the best possible outcome in your aggravated indecent assault case, it is necessary to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.