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CRIMES ACT 1958 - SECT 52E

Causing a person with a cognitive impairment or mental illness to be present during sexual activity

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

        (a)     another person (B) engages in an activity; and

        (b)     the activity is sexual; and

        (c)     another person (C) is present when B engages in the activity; and

        (d)     A intentionally causes or allows C to be present when B engages in the activity; and

        (e)     C has a cognitive impairment or mental illness; and

        (f)     A—

              (i)     provides treatment or support services to C; or

              (ii)     is a worker for a service provider that provides treatment or support services to C; and

        (g)     A's causing or allowing C to be present when B engages in the activity is contrary to community standards of acceptable conduct.

    (2)     A person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable to level 6 imprisonment (5 years maximum).

    (3)     Whether or not causing or allowing C to be present when B engages in the activity is contrary to community standards of acceptable conduct depends on the circumstances.

    (4)     For the purposes of subsection (3)—

        (a)     the circumstances include—

              (i)     the purpose of the activity; and

              (ii)     whether A seeks or gets sexual arousal or sexual gratification from B engaging in the activity or from the presence of C;

        (b)     the circumstances do not include—

              (i)     whether C consents—

    (A)     to being present when B engages in the activity; or

    (B)     to B engaging in the activity; or

              (ii)     whether A believes that C consents—

    (A)     to being present when B engages in the activity; or

    (B)     to B engaging in the activity.

Notes

1     An exception applies to this offence—see section 52G.

2     Defences apply to this offence—see sections 52H, 52I and 52J.

3     A mistaken but honest and reasonable belief of certain matters is not a defence against this offence—see section 52K.

S. 52F inserted by No. 47/2016 s. 16.



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