DEFENSE OF TAKING INDECENT LIBERTIES BY PERSON IN CUSTODIAL OR SUPERVISORY RELATIONSHIP IN VIRGINIA
VIRGINIA SEX OFFENSE/CRIME ATTORNEYS
Any person who sexually assaults a child while the child is in their custody or in a supervisory relationship will be charged with Virginia Code 18.2-370.1. Any person who is convicted under this statute will be convicted of a class 6 felony in Virginia. A 2nd or subsequent offense will result in a class 5 felony conviction. If you are charged with taking indecent liberties of a minor while he or she is in your custody, do not take it lightly. If you are charged with this offense, immediately contact our office to speak with Virginia sex crimes defense lawyer today.
Virginia Code § 18.2-370.1. Taking indecent liberties with child by person in custodial or supervisory relationship; penalties
A. Any person 18 years of age or older who, except as provided in§ 18.2- 370, maintains a custodial or supervisory relationship over a child under the age of 18 and is not legally married to such child and such child is not emancipated who, with lascivious intent, knowingly and intentionally (i) proposes that any such child feel or fondle the sexual or genital parts of such person or that such person feel or handle the sexual or genital parts of the child; or (ii) proposes to such child the performance of an act of sexual intercourse or any act constituting an offense under§ 18.2-361; or (iii) exposes his or her sexual or genital parts to such child; or (iv) proposes that any such child expose his or her sexual or genital parts to such person; or (v) proposes to the child that the child engage in sexual intercourse, sodomy or fondling of sexual or genital parts with another person; or (vi) sexually abuses the child as defined in§ 18.2-67.10 (6), shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.
B. Any person who is convicted of a second or subsequent violation of this section shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony; provided that (i) the offenses were not part of a common act, transaction or scheme; (ii) the accused was at liberty as defined in§ 53.1-151 between each conviction; and (iii) it is admitted, or found by the jury or judge before whom the person is tried, that the accused was previously convicted of a violation of this section.