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CHILD MOLESTING

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Child Molesting

Indiana Code 35-42-4-3 Child Molesting

A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age, knowingly or intentionally performs or submits to sexual intercourse or other sexual conduct commits child molesting, a Level 3 felony.

 

However, the offense is a Level 1 felony if it is committed by a person at least twenty-one (21) years of age; it is committed by using or threatening the use of deadly force or while armed with a deadly weapon; it results in serious bodily injury; the commission of the offense is facilitated by furnishing the victim, without the victim's knowledge, with a drug  or a controlled substance or knowing that the victim was furnished with the drug or controlled substance without the victim's knowledge; or it results in the transmission of a dangerous sexually transmitted disease and the person knew that the person was infected with the disease.

 

A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age, performs or submits to any fondling or touching, of either the child or the older person, with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desires of either the child or the older person, commits child molesting, a Level 4 felony.

 

However, the offense is a Level 2 felony if it is committed by using or threatening the use of deadly force; it is committed while armed with a deadly weapon; or the commission of the offense is facilitated by furnishing the victim, without the victim's knowledge, with a drug or a controlled substance or knowing that the victim was furnished with the drug or controlled substance without the victim's knowledge.

    

A person may be convicted of attempted child molesting of an individual at least fourteen (14) years of age if the person believed the individual to be a child under fourteen (14) years of age at the time the person attempted to commit the offense.

 

It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that the accused person reasonably believed that the child was sixteen (16) years of age or older at the time of the conduct, unless the offense is committed by using or threatening the use of deadly force or while armed with a deadly weapon; the offense results in serious bodily injury; or the commission of the offense is facilitated by furnishing the victim, without the victim's knowledge, with a drug or a controlled substance or knowing that the victim was furnished with the drug or controlled substance without the victim's knowledge.