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Serious Forms of Sex Crimes Carry Heavy Penalties
"Sex crimes" is a category which encompasses a wide variety of different offenses. In general, any offense which is sexual in nature can qualify as a sex crime.
Some of the sex crimes listed in the Kansas Statutes Annotated Chapters are as follows:
- Rape: Rape is the offense of engaging in sexual intercourse with a non-consenting party overcome by force or fear or unconscious at the time of the offense. This crime carries up to 54 years in prison upon conviction. Rape also includes forced sexual intercourse with individuals who are unable to give consent due to mental disease or defect or because of alcohol or drug inhibition. The laws regarding rape are listed in K.S.A. 21-5503.
- Sexual Battery / Aggravated Sexual Battery: Sexual battery is defined in K.S.A 21-5505 has touching a person over the age of 16 who is not a spouse of the offender when there is no consent. In Kansas, sexual battery can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor that can come with a one year jail sentence and a $2,500 fine. Aggravated sexual battery is similar to the charge of sexual battery, but this elevated crime is charged when the victim is overcome by force or fear, is unconscious or is physically powerless at the time of the crime. Aggravated battery is a level 5 felony carrying up to 136 months in prison.
- Sexual Exploitation of a Child: Child pornography is a serious crime that involves possessing visual depictions of a child under 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Persuading, employing or enticing a child to engage in such acts can result in a 136 month prison sentence and a felony charge.
- Prostitution: Kansas outlaws prostitution, which is defined in the KSA as the act of performing or offering to perform a sex act in exchange for something of value. Prostitution is generally punished as a class B nonperson misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Promoting prostitution is also considered a misdemeanor, though it can be a felony if the offender is promoting prostitution with children. Patronizing a prostitute is a class C misdemeanor.
Other sex crimes punishable by Kansas law include:
- Unlawful sexual relations
- Electronic solicitation
- Unlawful voluntary sexual relations
- Indecent solicitation of a child
- Aggravated incest
- Indecent liberties with a child
What is Jessica's Law?
Jessica's Law was established in 2006 to protect children from sex crimes by imposing harsher penalties on offenders who target children. This law established that sexual abuse of children with first-time sex offenders should result in a minimum sentence of 25 years in jail. Second time offenders can be penalized with a mandatory minimum sentence of 40 years and third time offenders can be issued life in prison without parole.
Sex Offender Registration
In addition to harsh penalties regarding incarceration, individuals can be registered as a sex offender if they are convicted of this crime. This mean that they will be publicly labeled as a sex offender and their name, age, distinguishing characteristics and details about the crime will be listed on various databases throughout the U.S. This can be incredible damaging to one's reputation making it difficult finding a place to live and work. That is why you need the help of an experienced sex crime attorney from Martin & Wallentine, LLC.
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