While all sex crimes are pursued by prosecutors with the intention to gain convictions, offenses involving children, such as indecent liberties, are taken much more seriously. Taking indecent liberties with a child is a felony offense in the state of Kansas and can be prosecuted as either indecent liberties with a child or as aggravated indecent liberties with a child. These charges do not necessarily require physical contact.
What is Indecent Liberty with a Minor?
Generally, an individual can be charged with indecent liberties with a child if:
- Any lewd physical contact was made, or
- Any attempt or solicitation to engage in lewd physical contact was made
Kansas Statutes § 21-5506 states that aggravated indecent liberties can be charged when sexual intercourse occurs or when lewd physical contact or solicitation is committed against a child under the age of 14. Under Kansas law, non-aggravated indecent liberties applies to cases involving children over the age of 14 but younger than 16. Depending on the charge and the circumstances involved, felonies can range from severity level 3, 4, and 5 person felonies or off-grid person felonies.
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As indecent liberties allegations primarily involve children under the age of 16, cases are difficult to defend because children of this age, by law, do not have the right to give consent. A favorable resolution will be hinged on a thorough investigation into all the relevant facts, witness testimony and preserved evidence. In addition, given the severe sentences posed by sex crimes, many of these cases extend into the trial phase.
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