There are numerous sex offenses in Pennsylvania, and all of them are aggressively prosecuted. Most of these crimes are felonies, and all of them carry heavy penalties that can include:
- lengthy jail sentences
- high fines
- registration with the Commonwealth as a Sex Offender, sometimes for the rest of your life.
What kind of crimes are considered a sex offense?
Pennsylvania defines rape as a first-degree felony that involves forcible sexual intercourse between parties. It also includes situations in which a person is unable to give consent because they’ve been rendered unconscious through force or drugs, as well as a mental illness that could prevent them from consenting.
Statutory Sexual Assault
Statutory sexual assault often involves sexual intercourse or activity with a victim who is under the age of 16. In some cases, the victim may have been a willing participant, but because of their age, they are unable to legally consent.
This crime involves a person who exposes their genitals in a public place, usually in a way which is meant to offend or alarm.
Indecent assault involves an alleged victim who has come into contact with your bodily fluids without their consent, for the purpose of your own sexual gratification. In cases where a minor is involved, this could be considered a second-degree misdemeanor. If the victim is unable to give consent and you utilized force or threatened force, this crime is a first-degree misdemeanor.