Unlawful Sexual Contact Against A Child

Sex Crimes Involving Sex Offenders

If you are a convicted sex offender in Delaware and are charged with a subsequent offense against a child you should immediately consult with a Delaware Sex Offense Lawyer.

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Subsequent Sex Offenses Against A Child Laws In Delaware

§ 777A. Sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child.

(a) A sex offender who knowingly commits any sexual offense against a child is guilty of sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child.

(b) For purposes of this section, the term “sex offender” shall mean any person registered or required to be registered pursuant to § § 4120(b)(1) and 4121(a)(4) of this title, or the laws of any other state, the United States or any territory of the United States.

(c) For purposes of this section, the term “sexual offense” shall mean any offense designated as a sexual offense by § 761(h) of this title.

(d) For purposes of this section, the term “child” shall mean any individual who has not reached that child’s eighteenth birthday. If the underlying sexual offense involves an offense defined by §§ 1108, 1109, 1110, 1111 and 1112A of this title, the term “child” shall also mean any individual who is intended by the defendant to appear to be 14 years of age or less. A sex offender who knowingly possesses any material prohibited by § 1111 of this title is committing an offense against a child for purposes of this section.

(e) Sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child shall be punished as follows:

(1) If the underlying sexual offense is a misdemeanor, the crime of sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child shall be a class G felony except where the child against whom a sexual offense is committed is a child younger than 12 years of age in which case the crime of sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child shall be a class C felony;

(2) If the underlying sexual offense is a class C, D, E, F, or G felony, the crime of sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child shall be a felony 1 grade higher than the underlying offense except where the child against whom a sexual offense is committed is a child younger than 12 years of age in which case the crime of sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child shall be a class B felony;

(3) If the underlying sexual offense is a misdemeanor and the victim is under 18 years of age and has a cognitive disability, the crime of sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child shall be a class C felony;

(4) If the underlying sexual offense is a class C, D, E, F, or G felony and the victim is under 18 years of age and has a cognitive disability, the crime of sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child shall be a class B felony;

(5) If the underlying sexual offense is a class A or B felony, the crime of sex offender unlawful sexual conduct against a child shall be the same grade as the underlying offense, and the minimum sentence of imprisonment required for the underlying offense shall be doubled.

(f) The provisions of this section shall not apply if the defendant is also a child.

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