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What is a sex crime?

Sex crimes involve sexual acts or offenses that are sexual in nature.  Sex crime offenders often force sexual activity on a person who is unwilling or unable to give consent.  Other types of sex crimes, such as prostitution and indecent exposure, involve the exchange of sex for money or exposing one’s genitals in public.  The common denominator for all sex crimes is that the crime involves sexual acts or is sexual in nature.    

What types of behaviors constitute child sexual abuse?

Child sexual abuse includes a wide range of sexual behaviors that occur between an adult and a child.  These sexual behaviors are intended to erotically arouse the adult, without consideration for the child.  Behaviors that are sexually abusive often involve bodily contact (kissing, touching, fondling, oral, anal or vaginal intercourse) but other behavior can be considered sexual abuse even if physical contact isn’t made (genital exposure, verbal sexual pressure, sexual exploitation). 

What is sex offender registration?

Individuals convicted of sex crimes in Washington are often required to register as sex offenders as part of their sentence.  After being released from prison, a person must register with local law enforcement and revisit them at regular, specified intervals.  Sex offender registration is a way for law enforcement to keep track of sex offenders and is thought to reduce the number of repeat sexual offenders by monitoring their whereabouts.  Failure to register is a crime which is committed by many people in Seattle because they fail to follow court orders to register with local law enforcement after being released. 

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any genital, oral, or anal penetration by a part of the perpetrator’s body or by an object, using force or without the victim's consent.  If you have been accused of sexual assault, you should speak with a Seattle sex crimes defense lawyer who can provide you with more information about these types of charges.

What is statutory rape?

Statutory rape is sexual intercourse by an adult with a person below the age of consent.  A defendant may be convicted of statutory rape even if the underage person consented to the sexual contact and no force was used during the act. 

If you have more questions about sex crime charges, contact a Seattle Sex Crimes Defense Attorney today!

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