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Sexual abuse of a Minor or Ward

18 USC § 2243

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Of a Minor: Whoever, in the territorial jurisdiction of the United States or in any prison, institution, or facility in which persons are held in custody by direction of or pursuant to a contract  with any Federal department or agency, knowingly engages in a sexual act with another person who is 12-15 years old and is at least four years younger than the person so engaging; or attempts to do so

Of a Ward.— Whoever knowingly engages in a sexual act with another person who is in official detention; and under the custodial, supervisory, or disciplinary authority of the person so engaging;

or attempts to do so.

A conviction can result in a  fine or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.

It is a defense, which the defendant must establish by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant reasonably believed that the other person had attained the age of 16 years or that the persons engaging in the sexual act were at that time married to each other.

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What to do

If you or someone you know has or may be charged with a sex crime 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.