Penalties for Sexual Assault
If you are charged with a sexual assault crime, you may be required to register as a sex offender with the state of Ohio, as it is considered to be a sexual crime.
You will also be required to register as a sex offender if you are found to be guilty of either rape, or statutory rape.
Sexual assault is generally considered to be a third-degree felony. This can involve a prison sentence spanning from one to five years. It may also include fines of up to $10,000.
When is Sexual Assault Considered a Sex Crime?
Sexual assault is any circumstance where a person feels powerless or not in control of a situation. Sexual assault refers specifically to the lack of consent implied when a victim is touched, caressed or approached physically in any way that is not wanted.
Some forms of sexual assault can include:
- Forcing someone to perform sexual acts without consent
- Attempting to rape, or penetrate a person without consent
- Forcing a person to perform oral sex, or penetration, without consent
- Any touching, fondling or fellatio that is unwanted
- Taking sexual advantage of someone who is impaired
- Anything considered to be unnecessary sexual conduct
The different ways sexual assault can occur, may include:
Contact sexual assault: This kind of sexual assault can happen between complete strangers or close acquaintances. It often involves a perpetrator isolating a person in a car, house or other private place so that sexual contact may take place.
Sexual assault during a home invasion: This is a type of sex crime that takes place when a perpetrator breaks into someone’s house, and proceeds to sexually assault them.
Random Sexual Assault (Blitz): This typically happens at night between strangers, and can often occur in a public place. These types of random sexual attacks can be violent and brutal, with perpetrators quickly assaulting their victims.
Sexual assault is sometimes also referred to as sexual battery. Many times, acts of sexual battery are committed between people who are a parent, guardian, or close relative of a victim. They may also be in disciplinary control over a victim; such as a teacher, counselor, or other professional figure. Sexual assault/battery can also occur between mental health care givers and their patients; or between employees and their higher associates, such as managers or supervisors.