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Sex Crimes Statutory Sexual Assault

Statutory Sexual Assault is a very serious Sex Crimes charge. It is graded generally as a Felony of the second degree therefore punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Now Statutory Sexual Assault may also be graded as a felony of the first degree if the defendant engages in sexual intercourse with a person is under the age of 16 and there is more than 11 years difference in their age. Child Pornography A Felony of the first degree is punishable by 20 years in state prison and a $20,000 fine. Statutory Sexual Assault used to be called Statutory Rape in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, however that was later changed. Additionally, a conviction for this crime does not necessarily trigger a SORNA or Megan's Law requirement. An individual convicted for this crime only must comply with Megan's Law if there was more than an 8 year difference in age between the defendant and the alleged victim.

Sex Crimes SVP

One of the biggest issues associated with a conviction of sex crimes and and the associated SORNA requirements, is that a defendant can be found to be a sexual violent predator SVP. Child Endangerment Specifically, once a criminal defendant is convicted of a Megan's Law offense, the trial court must order for the defendant to be assessed by the Sexual Offender Assessment Board. The defendant is then ordered to meet with a representative of this Board, he can choose whether or not he wishes to participate in the interview, in order to determine whether or not he meets the criteria of a SVP. The way this works is after the defendant pleads or is found guilty, the court delays sentencing for 90 days so that the assessment can be completed. If the report from the Sexual Offender Assessment Board concludes that the defendant is not an SVP-then the defendant is immediately sentenced, however if the defendant is found to be an SVP then the defendant may hire his own expert and request a hearing in order to contest the finding.

Sex Crimes SORNA

Sex Crimes are extremely serious crimes to be charged with. Not only are the majority of sex crimes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania felonies with maximum penalties of up to 20 years in state prison, but Sex Crime convictions also call for the implementation of SORNA. SORNA stands for Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act which can be found in Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Act. CYS investigations Many states in the United States have implemented some form of SORNA, but the type of registration requirements can vary drastically from state to state. SORNA (also known as Megan's Law) holds for requirements for individuals to become registered as sex offenders in Pennsylvania if they have been convicted of certain sex crimes. SORNA is a retroactive statute. What that means is the law requires some people that originally did not have to file as sex offenders at the time of their guilty plea or conviction to register as a sex offender under Megan's Law retroactively. Issues such as this are appealable to the higher courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Sex Crimes Investigations

One of the worst things that can happen to an individual is to become the subject of a Sex Crimes Investigation. Law enforcement might open a Sex Crimes investigation on an individual for several reasons. A Sex Crimes investigation can be opened in order for the police to investigate someone for the charges of Indecent Assault, Rape, institutional sex assault Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, the Possession of Child Pornography or a myriad of other reasons. The most important thing to keep in mind if you are a subject of such an investigation, is that you have the right to not only speak with a Rape Criminal Attorney, but also to hire one even before you are charged.

sex crimes Institutional Sexual Assault

In Pennsylvania, sex crimes such as Institutional Sexual Assault of any kind is a serious offense. There are several different types of sexual assault that are prohibited as sex crimes under PA statute. One of these sex crimes is known as Institutional Sexual Assault. A person commits Sex Crimes such as institutional sexual assault if that person is an employee or agent of the Department of Corrections or a county correctional authority, youth development center, youth forestry camp, Sexual Assault State or county juvenile detention facility, other licensed residential facility serving children and youth, or mental health or mental retardation facility or institution and that person engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with an inmate, detainee, patient or resident. In addition, a person commits institutional sexual assault if they commit the previously listed acts and are an employee or volunteer of a school.

Sex Crimes Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse

Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse is one of several Sex Crimes in Pennsylvania. Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI) is similar to Sex Crimes such as rape, but differs in a few different ways. There are several different acts that are covered by the statute. According to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, a person commits IDSI when the person engages in deviate sexual intercourse with a person by forcible compulsion or threat of forcible compulsion, unlawful dissemination  who is unconscious or where the person knows the victim is unaware that the sexual intercourse is occurring, where the person has substantially impaired the victim's power to appraise or control his or her conduct by administering or employing, without the knowledge of the victim, drugs, intoxicants or other means for the purpose of preventing resistance, who suffers from a mental disability which renders him or her incapable of consent, or who is less than 16 years old and the person is four or more years older and not married to the victim.

Sex Crimes Unlawful dissemination of intimate image

After a relationship or marriage comes to an end, it is not uncommon for people to hold onto certain photos and memorabilia which can result in sex crimes such as Unlawful Dissemination of intimate image. Some may find themselves holding onto photos that could be damaging if placed in the wrong hands.  internet sex crimes It is not uncommon for those intimate images to become disseminated and begin circulating around for anyone to see. In Pennsylvania, it is a crime to spread around photos, without consent, of a partner or ex-partner that depicts them nude or engaging in sexual activity. This crime is known as unlawful dissemination of intimate image. Unlawful dissemination of intimate image is commonly referred to as the "revenge porn" law. Although the photos may have been taken with consent, it is also necessary to get consent in order to distribute and disseminate the images.

sex crimes endangering the welfare of a child

One of the most common sex crimes is endangering the welfare of a child.  In terms of sex crimes charges in Pennsylvania, there are specific statutes that exist for the sole purpose of protecting the well-being of children. As defined in the Pennsylvania Crimes Code under the charge endangering the welfare of a child, it is a crime for a parent, guardian or other person supervising the welfare of a child under 18 years old, child endangerment  or a person that employs or supervises such a person, commits an offense if he knowingly endangers the welfare of the child by violating a duty of care, protection or support. "Person supervising the welfare of a child" is defined as someone other than a parent or guardian that provides care, education, training or control of a child. In addition, it is a crime to prevent or interfere with a suspected child abuse report if you are a person in an official capacity.

sex crimes, aggravated indecent assault

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.

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