Sexual Offenses Against Minors

LASCIVIOUS ACTS WITH A CHILD

It is illegal for anyone age 16 or older to perform any of the following acts with a child, either with or without consent, for the purposes of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either of them, unless married to each other:
  • Fondle or touch the pubes or genitals of a child;
  • Permit or cause a child to fondle or touch the person’s genitals or pubes;
  • Cause the touching of the person’s genitals to any part of the body of a child.
Any person convicted of one of these acts is guilty of a class “C” felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  An individual convicted of this offense is also subject to a lifetime special sentence parole which commences at the completion of the sentence imposed.  For purposes of the sex offender registry it is considered an “aggravated offense” to be convicted of either fondling or touching the pubes or genitals of a child or permitting or causing the child to fondle or touch the person’s genitals or pubes, which results in a lifetime registry.  A person convicted of touching their genitals to any part of the body of a child is subject to a 10-year registry. 
 
It is also illegal for anyone age 16 or older to perform any of the following acts with a child, either with or without consent, for the purposes of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either of them, unless married to each other:
  • Solicit a child to engage in a sex act or solicit a person to arrange a sex act with a child;
  • Inflict pain or discomfort upon a child or permit a child to inflict pain or discomfort on the person.
A person convicted of one of these acts is guilty of a class “D” felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.  An individual convicted of this offense is also subject to a 10-year special sentence parole which commences at the completion of the sentence imposed.  A conviction for one of these offenses also carries placement on the sex offender registry for a period of 10 years. 
 

INDECENT CONTACT WITH A CHILD

It is illegal for anyone age 18 or older to perform any of the following acts with a child, who is not their spouse, with or without the child’s consent, for the purposes of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either of them:
  • Fondle or touch the inner thigh, groin, buttock, anus, or breast of the child;
  • Touch the clothing covering the immediate areas of the inner thigh, groin, buttock, anus, or breast of the child;
  • Solicit or permit a child to fondle or touch the inner thigh, groin, buttock, anus, or breast of the person;
  • Solicit a child to engage in:
    • Fondling or touching the pubes or genitals of a child;
    • Permitting or causing a child to fondle or touch the person’s genitals or pubes;
    • Inflicting pain or discomfort upon a child or permitting a child to inflict pain or discomfort on the person.
A person convicted of one of these acts is guilty of an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to 2 years in prison.  Additionally, a conviction of this offense subjects the individual to a 10-year special sentence parole which commences at the completion of the sentence imposed.  A conviction for one of these offenses also carries placement on the sex offender registry for a period of 10 years.
 
This offense also applies to a person age 16 or 17 who commits any of the acts upon a child who is at least 5 years younger.  Juvenile court has jurisdiction over these cases.  The juvenile court has discretion in terms of sentencing and whether to either waive, modify, or suspend the requirement to register as a sex offender.
 

LASCIVIOUS CONDUCT WITH A MINOR

It is illegal for a person over the age of 18 who is in a position of authority over a minor to force, persuade, or coerce a minor, with or without consent, to disrobe or partially disrobe for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either of them.

A conviction for this offense is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to one-year in jail.  Additionally, a conviction of this offense subjects the individual to a 10-year special sentence parole which commences at the completion of the sentence imposed.  A conviction for one of these offenses also carries placement on the sex offender registry for a period of 10 years.
 

ENTICING A MINOR

A person without authority and with the intent to commit sexual abuse or sexual exploitation upon a minor under the age of 13, entices or attempts to entice a person reasonably believed to be under the age of 13.  A conviction of this offense is a class “C” felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  This offense also subjects the person to 10 years on the sex offender registry.
 
A person without authority and with the intent to commit an illegal sex act or sexual exploitation upon a minor under the age of 16, entices or attempts to entice a person reasonably believed to be under the age of 16.  A conviction of this offense is a class “D” felony and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.  This offense also subjects the person to 10 years on the sex offender registry.
 
A person without authority and with the intent to commit an illegal act upon a minor under the age of 16, entices or attempts to entice a person reasonably believed to be under the age of 16.  A conviction of this offense is a class “D” felony and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.  This offense also subjects the person to 10 years on the sex offender registry if the illegal act involves an intent to commit sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, sexual contact, or sexual conduct directed towards a minor.
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