Child Sex Crimes, Indecent Liberties And Sexting
Child-related sexual offenses may relate to abuse against a stepchild, adopted child, a child in your neighborhood, or a student at the school where you’re employed. Additionally, charges related to sexting have become more common as more young people have access to mobile technology to transmit images.
If you have been charged with any of these child sex offenses, you need to act quickly. At Randall & Stump, PLLC, our attorneys will fight on your behalf. We will leverage our experience, which includes writing the book on criminal procedure in North Carolina, to limit the possible penalties.
What Is Considered Taking Indecent Liberties With A Minor?
Indecent liberties is a term that applies to a variety of behaviors with a child for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification. This may include inappropriate touching of the child, but touch is not essential. A person could be charged with taking an indecent liberty with a child by exposing him/herself to the child. Indecent liberty offenses are considered Class F felonies in North Carolina.
Punishment for these Class F felonies will depend on the severity of the offense. The offense is charged by degrees depending on what took place. Active punishment may range anywhere from 10-41 months in jail or prison.
Children may be accused of taking indecent liberties with each other if the person is under sixteen and commits or attempts to commit an immoral, indecent or lascivious act or lewd or lascivious act against a child who is at least three years younger than the person. Indecent liberties between children are Class 1 misdemeanors.
Any allegation of sexual touching or indecent liberties that involves a child carries exceptionally harsh penalties. These could include decades in prison and a lifetime of satellite monitoring after release along with sex offender registration. With so much at stake, a swift response with the assistance of experienced legal counsel is the only way to fight these charges.
Punishment For Incest Crimes
North Carolina statute §14-178 defines incest as sexual intercourse between any parent/child, step-parent/step-child, siblings, grandparent/grandchild, or aunt or uncle with a niece or nephew. Punishment for incest crimes depends on the age of the persons involved:
- A person who is 12 years of age or older and four years older than a child younger than 13 may be charged with a Class B1 felony.
- A person who is at least six years older than a child who is 13, 14 or 15 years old may also be charged with a Class B1 felony.
- A person who is between four and six years older than a child who is 13, 14 or 15 may be charged with a Class C felony.
- All other incest charges are Class F felonies. Children under the age of 16 may not be held liable for incest.
Do not let an allegation of incest damage your reputation. Talk to an attorney today to determine what, if any, defenses may exist in your case.
Internet Solicitation Of A Minor
With the rise of social media, law enforcement has been increasingly concerned with online sex crimes, such as Internet solicitation of a minor. Under North Carolina statute §14-202.3 any attempt to entice, coerce, command or otherwise influence a child who is under the age of 16 and at least five years younger than the person to meet for sexual relations or other illegal acts may be guilty of Internet solicitation of a minor.
It is important to note that the actual ages of the individuals may not matter if a person believes the child is under 16 and is at least five years younger, that person may still be charged with a crime.
These sorts of offenses are often the product of substantial investigative work. As soon as you become aware that you are being investigated for this type of charge, you should contact an experienced attorney to protect your rights.