What is Child Sexual Assault?
Child Sexual Assault is a criminal act that refers to the sexual touching or penetration against a minor victim. This is also referred to as child molestation. This offense encompasses virtually all forms of sexual contact to include sexual penetration. Examples include touching someone under age 16 on the buttocks, anus, breasts or genitals such as any part of the penis or vagina, as well as penetration by any means of the mouth, vagina or anus. Child Sexual touching of a child that does not involve penetration is referred to as Second Degree Child Molestation under Rhode Island law. Sexual penetration of a child that involves any form of penetration is referred to as First Degree Child Molestation under Rhode Island law. Sexual Assault against a child, regardless of degree, may occur by either an adult male or adult female against either a girl or a boy under age 16. The defenses of Consent and Mistake of Fact do not apply to crimes involving sexual assault against a child.
If you have been charged with Child Sexual Assault, it is important to seek legal representation immediately in order to protect your rights and minimize the impact that a charge of his nature may have on your life.
If you have been charged with child sexual assault and need expert legal representation, contact the RI/MA defense attorneys at the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III by email or call today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a free consultation.