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CRIMES ACT 1958 - SECT 49A

Sexual penetration of a child under the age of 12

    (1)     A person (A) commits an offence if—

        (a)     A intentionally—

              (i)     sexually penetrates another person (B); or

              (ii)     causes or allows B to sexually penetrate A; or

              (iii)     causes B—

    (A)     to sexually penetrate themselves; or

    (B)     to sexually penetrate another person (C); or

    (C)     to be sexually penetrated by C; and

        (b)     B is a child under the age of 12 years.

    (2)     A person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable to level 2 imprisonment (25 years maximum).

S. 49A(3) inserted by No. 34/2017 s. 27(1).

    (3)     The standard sentence for an offence against subsection (1) is 10 years.

Notes

1     An exception applies to this offence—see section 49T.

2     A mistaken but honest and reasonable belief that B was 12 years of age or more is not a defence to this offence—see section 49ZC.

Note 3 to s. 49A inserted by No. 65/2016 s. 24(1), substituted by No. 34/2017 s. 27(2).

3     See sections 5A and 5B of the Sentencing Act 1991 as to standard sentences.

Note 4 to s. 49A inserted by No. 34/2017 s. 27(2).

4     An offence against subsection (1) is a category 1 offence under the Sentencing Act 1991 . See section 5(2G) of that Act for the requirement to impose a custodial order for this offence.

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



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