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CRIMES ACT 1958 - SECT 48B

No defence of mistaken but honest and reasonable belief that touching or activity was not sexual

It is not a defence to a charge that, at the time of the conduct constituting the offence, A was under a mistaken but honest and reasonable belief that—

        (a)     for an offence against section 40(1) or 41(1)—the touching was not sexual; or

        (b)     for an offence against section 48(1)—the activity was not sexual.

Note

The reference to A in this section is a reference to the same A referred to in sections 40, 41 and 48.

Pt 1 Div. 1 Subdiv. (8B) (Heading and s. 51) inserted by No. 9509 s. 5, amended by No. 102/1986 s. 9(a)–(c), substituted as Pt 1 Div. 1 Subdiv. (8B) (Heading and s. 44) by No. 8/1991 s. 3, amended by Nos 49/1991 s. 119(3)
(Sch. 3 items 3A, 4), 48/1997 s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 21), 2/2006 s. 8, 57/2007 s. 8, 52/2014 s. 13, 65/2016 s. 20(14)(15), substituted as Pt 1 Div. 1 Subdiv. (8B) (Heading and ss 49A–49ZC) by No. 47/2016 s. 16.

(8B) Sexual offences against children

New s. 49A inserted by No. 47/2016 s. 16.



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