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Aggravated Sexual Abuse

18 USC § 2241

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Aggravated Sexual Abuse is a sexual assault by force or threat or against a person physically or mentally incapacitated.

(a) By Force or Threat.— Whoever, in the  jurisdiction of the United States or in a Federal prison, or in any prison, institution, or facility in which persons are held in custody by direction of any Federal department or agency, knowingly causes another person to engage in a sexual act—

  1. by using force against that other person; or
  2. by threatening or placing that other person in fear that any person will be subjected to death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping;

or attempts to do so.

(b) By Other Means.— Whoever, in the  jurisdiction of the United States or in a Federal prison, or in any prison, institution, or facility in which persons are held in custody by direction of any Federal department or agency, knowingly—

  1. renders another person unconscious and thereby engages in a sexual act with that other person;
  2. administers to another person by force or threat of force, or without the knowledge or permission of that person, a drug, intoxicant, or other similar substance and thereby—
  • (A) substantially impairs the ability of that other person to appraise or control conduct; and
  • (B) engages in a sexual act with that other person;

or attempts to do so.

(c) With Children.— Whoever crosses a State line with intent to engage in a sexual act with a person who has not attained the age of 12 years, or in the  territorial jurisdiction of the United States or in a Federal prison, or in any prison, institution, or facility in which persons are held in custody by direction of any Federal department or agency, knowingly engages in a sexual act with another person who has not attained the age of 12 years, or knowingly engages in a sexual act under the circumstances described in subsections (a) and (b) with another person who has attained the age of 12 years but has not attained the age of 16 years (and is at least 4 years younger than the person so engaging), or attempts to do so.

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What to do

If you or someone you know has or may be charged with a sex crime such as aggravated sexual abuse a qualified sex crimes lawyer should be contacted immediately.  No information should ever be given out to anybody without the presence of a lawyer. Speaking with law enforcement before consulting a lawyer can be a huge mistake even if you think it is the right thing to do.

There are many directions a case can go. To protect your rights and fight in your defense, a sex crimes lawyer is a necessary part of the process to ensure  the best outcome for your future.

Contact our offices for a complimentary consultation. Let us help you through this stressful and life altering event and seek justice on your behalf.