Sex abuse is any sexual act done with the intent to humiliate, abuse, harass, or degrade the victim, as well as arouse the sexual desire of the defendant. A victim of sexual abuse can be an adult or minor. But in Washington State, a person can be arrested for sex abuse with a minor.
In general, sexual abuse is when an individual abuses another person under the age of 18.
The state has to prove that the defendant:
- Paid a minor or third-person a fee for compensation to engage in sexual conduct;
- Paid or agreed to pay a fee to a third person or minor with the understanding that the fee was for sexual conduct with the minor; or
- Offered, solicited, or requested to engage in sexual conduct with a minor for a fee
No. According to the State law, it doesn’t matter if the minor consented to the sexual conduct or not.
Commercial sexual abuse of a minor is charged as a class B felony, and it’s punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. The offender must register as a sex offender for at least 15 years. The defendant will also face probation after completing their prison sentence, as well as a sex offender treatment program.
Yes, it’s vital to have an washington criminal lawyer representing you while fighting a serious sex crime charge.