sexual assault of a child under 13

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It is a specific criminal offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to engage in sexual touching of a child under the age of 13. Consent is irrelevant to determining whether the offence has been committed. A person commits the offence if he intentionally touches another person, where the touching is sexual, and where the other person is under 13. The maximum penalty is 14 years' imprisonment. Compare assault of a child under 13 by penetration; rape of a child under 13; sexual activity with a child.

Subjects: Law.

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