Child Sexual Abuse

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defense for child sexual abuse charges in ohio or kentuckyChild abuse, in many states, includes physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, exploitation, etc., and each subset has its own relative definition. Sexual abuse is specifically included in child abuse definitions for both Ohio and Kentucky.

The Kentucky Statute on "Child Abuse and Neglect" addresses "Sexual Abuse" and defines it as:

An abused or neglected child means a child whose health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm when his parent, guardian, or other person exercising custodial control or supervision of the child:

  • Commits or allows to be committed an act of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or prostitution upon the child.
  • Creates or allows to be created a risk that an act of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or prostitution will be committed upon the child.

Sexual abuse includes, but is not necessarily limited to, any contacts or interactions in which the parent or guardian uses or allows, permits, or encourages the use of the child for the purposes of sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or another person.

Sexual exploitation includes, but is not limited to, allowing, permitting, or encouraging the child to engage in prostitution, or an act of obscene or pornographic photographing, filming, or depicting of a child.

The Ohio Statute on "Child Abuse and Neglect" addresses "Sexual Abuse" and defines it as:

Abused child includes any child who is the victim of sexual activity where such activity would constitute an offense, except that the court need not find that any person has been convicted of the offense in order to find that the child is an abused child. Sexual activity means sexual conduct or sexual contact or both.

Sexual conduct means vaginal intercourse between a male and female; anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex; and, without privilege to do so, the insertion, however slight, of any part of the body of any instrument, apparatus, or other object into the vaginal or anal opening of another. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete vaginal or anal intercourse.

Sexual contact means any touching of an erogenous zone of another, including without limitation, the thigh, genitals, buttocks, pubic region, or if the person is a female, a breast, for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying either person.

A person commits the crime of endangering children when the person does any of the following to a child: Entice, coerce, permit, encourage, compel, hire, employ, use, or allow the child to act, model, or in any other way participate in, or be photographed for, the production, presentation, dissemination, or advertisement of any material or performance that the offender knows or reasonably should know is obscene, sexually oriented, or nudity-oriented matter.

Defending Crimes Against Children

child accusing adult of child sexual abuse

In light of the fact that child sexual abuse charges are highly unacceptable to the public, prosecutors are under extreme pressure to pursue and convict those charged with this type of sex crime. Prosecutors may even coax the testimony of a child in such a way that it exaggerates their case against you. Jurors may also lower their standards requiring much less proof of guilt than with any other type of crime.

If you are facing child abuse charges, it is crucial to have legal representation with specialized expertise in defending those accused of crimes against children.



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