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What is Penalty for Sex Abuse in KY?

In Kentucky the crime of sex abuse is generally charged as a class D felony. A class D felony is punishable by 1-5 years of incarceration in prison. Pursuant to KRS 510.110 sex abuse is when you subject another to sexual contact by forcible compulsion. It can also be sexual contact with a victim under 16 years of age, regardless of compulsion. (The age is increased to 18 if the perpetrator is in "position of authority" i.e. teacher) If the victim is under 12 years of age, the crime is a class C felony and punishable by 5-10 years.  There are many nuances with respect to the age of the victim and the age of the person charged with the crime.  Sex abuse, like most sex crimes will require not only a treatment program but also sex offender registration, on a Kentucky registry.  Many future rights will be suspended, for example a convicted felon must:  register for at least 10 years, and possibly for lifetime; not reside within 1000 feet of a school, playground or daycare; continue on post-incarceration release for 5 years even after serving out a prison sentence; not possess any pornographic material; register any email addresses or domain names; not utilize the internet without supervision or enter any chat websites.  There are other obligations of convicted sex offenders. Sex abuse is a sex crime and if incarcerated the defendant must complete a sex offender treatment program before beginning eligible for parole. Any sex offense should be discussed with a lawyer prior to conversation with an investigative agency.  Statements may be used against you even if they have not read Miranda warnings.  For example, a non-custodial questioning of a potential defendant is not protected by Miranda. If you are charged with sex abuse you NEED an attorney. In Northern Kentucky call Mike Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at [email protected] 

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