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Sexual Offences Against Children Solicitors in London

Specialist London Solicitors in Sexual Offences Against Children cases

At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with sexual offences against children. Our London Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts throughout the country.

Sexual Offences against Children is governed by Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Rape of a child under 13

Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:

  1. A person commits an offence if—
    1. he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with his penis, and
    2. the other person is under 13.

Sentencing guidelines for Rape of a child under 13

Maximum Sentence: Life imprisonment

Assault of a child under 13 by penetration

Section 6 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:

  1. A person commits an offence if—
    1. he intentionally penetrates the vagina or anus of another person with a part of his body or anything else,
    2. the penetration is sexual, and
    3. the other person is under 13.

Sentencing guidelines for Assault of a child under 13 by penetration

Maximum Sentence: Life imprisonment

Sexual assault of a child under 13

Section 7 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:

  1. A person commits an offence if—
    1. he intentionally touches another person,
    2. the touching is sexual, and
    3. the other person is under 13.

Sentencing guidelines for Sexual assault of a child under 13

Maximum Sentence: On summary conviction – 6 months imprisonment or fine not exceeding statutory maximum. On Indictment – 14 years imprisonment.

Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

Section 8 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:

  1. A person commits an offence if—
    1. he intentionally causes or incites another person (B) to engage in an activity,
    2. the activity is sexual, and
    3. B is under 13.
  2. A person guilty of an offence under this section, if the activity caused or incited involved—
    1. penetration of B's anus or vagina,
    2. penetration of B's mouth with a person's penis,
    3. penetration of a person's anus or vagina with a part of B's body or by B with anything else, or
    4. penetration of a person's mouth with B's penis,

Sentencing guidelines for Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

Maximum Sentence: Penetration – Life Imprisonment; Non‐Penetration – On Indictment – 14 years imprisonment; Summary Conviction – 6 months imprisonment and/or statutory maximum fine.

Sexual activity with a child

Section 9 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:

  1. A person aged 18 or over (A) commits an offence if—
    1. he intentionally touches another person (B),
    2. the touching is sexual, and
    3. either—
      1. B is under 16 and A does not reasonably believe that B is 16 or over, or
      2. B is under 13.
      1. A person guilty of an offence under this section, if the touching involved—
        1. penetration of B's anus or vagina with a part of A's body or anything else,
        2. penetration of B's mouth with A's penis,
        3. penetration of A's anus or vagina with a part of B's body, or
        4. penetration of A's mouth with B's penis.

Sentencing guidelines for Sexual activity with a child

Maximum Sentence: Life imprisonment

Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

Section 10 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:

  1. A person aged 18 or over (A) commits an offence if—
    1. he intentionally causes or incites another person (B) to engage in an activity,
    2. the activity is sexual, and
    3. either—
      1. B is under 16 and A does not reasonably believe that B is 16 or over, or
      2. B is under 13.
    4. A person guilty of an offence under this section, if the activity caused or incited involved—
      1. penetration of B’s anus or vagina,
      2. penetration of B’s mouth with a person’s penis,
      3. penetration of a person’s anus or vagina with a part of B’s body or by B with anything else, or
      4. penetration of a person’s mouth with B’s penis,
      is liable, on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.

Sentencing guidelines for causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

Maximum Sentence:
Penetration ‐ 14 years imprisonment
Non‐Penetration – On Indictment – 14 years imprisonment
Summary Conviction – 6 months imprisonment and/or statutory maximum fine

Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

Section 11 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:

  1. A person aged 18 or over (A) commits an offence if—
    1. he intentionally engages in an activity,
    2. the activity is sexual,
    3. for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, he engages in it—
      1. when another person (B) is present or is in a place from which A can be observed, and
      2. knowing or believing that B is aware, or intending that B should be aware, that he is engaging in it, and
    4. either—
      1. B is under 16 and A does not reasonably believe that B is 16 or over, or
      2. B is under 13.

Sentencing guidelines for Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

Maximum Sentence: On Indictment – 10 years imprisonment
Summary Conviction – 6 months imprisonment and/or statutory maximum fine

Causing a child to watch a sexual act

Section 12 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:

  1. A person aged 18 or over (A) commits an offence if—
    1. for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, he intentionally causes another person (BB) to watch a third person engaging in an activity, or to look at an image of any person engaging in an activity;
    2. the activity is sexual; and
    3. either—
      1. B is under 16 and A does not reasonably believe that B is 16 or over, or
      2. B is under 13.

Sentencing guidelines for causing a child to watch a sexual act 2003

Maximum Sentence: On Indictment – 10 years imprisonment

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