Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child
In the California penal code, there is a classification of crimes that fall under bigamy, incest, and the crime against nature. Specifically, California Penal Code 288.5 PC deals with the continuous sexual abuse of a child. This crime is different than lewd acts and sexual acts with a minor. It is a serious offense and will result in life-long consequences for the convicted individual. The sexual abuse in question includes different conducts including, but not limited to, penetration. If you are involved in a criminal case of this nature, it is vital that you seek the representation of an experienced criminal attorney.
Elements of the Crime
The crime is defined as sexual abuse occurring over a certain period of time. The elements of the crime are as follows. The defendant in the criminal case must have had access to the child and due to the access, the defendant sexually abused the child on three or more occasions during a time span of at least three months (or longer). For this crime, a child is considered to be 14 years old or younger when the continuous sexual abuse occurs.
Penalties for Continuous Sexual Abuse
This crime is classified as a sex crime and will require the convicted individual to register as a sex offender in the California sex offender registry. Furthermore, to be found guilty of continuous sexual abuse of a child means is equal to a felony, thereby requiring the defendant to serve up to 16 years in a state prison. This form of abuse is a serious offense and it is important that everyone understands the law and protects the interests of the child.