Dec 19

Types of State Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

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criminal-defense-minneapolisCriminal sexual conduct in the first degree is sexual penetration of another person or sexual contact with a person who is less than thirteen years old, and some other circumstance exists, such as the under-thirteen-year-old and the offender are more than three years apart in age, the offender had a dangerous weapon and used or threatened to use it, or the two individuals had a significant relationship and the minor was less than sixteen years old. The sentence is up to 30 years in prison and/or up to a $40,000 fine. See https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.342.

Second degree criminal sexual conduct is sexual contact with another person and some other circumstance like those in first degree criminal sexual conduct. The sentence is up to 25 years in prison and/or up to a $35,000 fine. See https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.343.

Third degree criminal sexual conduct is sexual penetration of another and some other circumstance like those in first degree criminal sexual conduct or others, such as the offender knows the other individual is mentally impaired or physically helpless, the two have a psychotherapist-patient relationship, or the offender was a masseuse to the other. The sentence is up to 15 years in prison and/or up to a $30,000 fine. See https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.344.

Criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree is sexual contact with another person and some other circumstance like those in third degree criminal sexual conduct. The sentence is up to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $20,000 fine.
See https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.345.

Fifth degree criminal sexual conduct is an act of nonconsensual sexual contact or certain acts of the showing of the genitals to an individual under sixteen years of age. This offense carries a sentence of up to 1 year in prison and/or up to a $3,000 fine. The offense, however, may be a felony if this is a second offense of lewd exhibition of the genitals to an individual under sixteen years of age or the same offense in a different state. Such a felony carries a sentence of up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. See https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.3451.

Federal sexual abuse is governed by 18 U.S.C. §§ 2241–2248. Each of the statutes relates to a different crime, such as aggravated sexual abuse or abusive sexual contact. 18 U.S.C. § 2242 governs general sexual abuse. If you force another to engage in a sexual act or if you engage in a sexual act when the other either does not know what the act is or cannot withhold consent, you could be sentenced to up to life in prison. See https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2242.