Sex Crime Law in Virginia
Examples of Sex Crimes in Virginia
A sex crime is a sexual act performed on a person without their consent. Examples of sex crimes in Virginia include: lewd conduct, spousal rape, statutory rape (sex with person under the age of consent), indecent exposure, solicitation, prostitution, pandering, and internet sex crimes. A Virginian who commits a sex crime is required to register as a sex offender, and it will be difficult to get the record of the sex crime erased.
One law that was on the Virginia books until recently was the crime of fornication – consensual sex between unmarried adults. The crime was a weak misdemeanor, punishable by fine up to $250. In 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court struck down the law as unconstitutional.
In the case, a partner in unprotected sex contracted herpes and sued for tort damages such as battery, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. However, the defendant cited state law providing that a plaintiff cannot recover if she had participated in illegal activity - the crime of fornication. The Virginia Supreme Court allowed the case to proceed, and held that the due process clause of the 14th Amendment protects the rights of adults to engage in consensual sex and intimate conduct in their private homes.
So, while Virginia law is cracking down on sex crimes against minors and children, it is loosening its grip on consensual acts between responsible adults. This view places great weight on the principles of child psychology and development, while shying away from traditional and religious views of morality.
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Last Modified: 06-18-2010 03:43 PM PDT
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