Indecent contact with a child - Iowa Sexual Assault Laws
In Iowa, the criminal charge of Indecent contact with a child is classified as a Statutory Aggravated misdemeanor.
Indecent contact with a child Crime & Punishment in Iowa :
The Iowa code § 709.12 defines one degrees of the crime indecent contact with a child, each with associated punishments. The degree of the crime depends on the specifics of the crime committed, with higher degrees of the charge generally receiving harsher punishments.
|Severity||Indecent contact with a child - Charge Description||Punishment|
||Up to 1 year in prison|
Iowa law allows indecent contact with a child to be enforced as a statutory charge. This means that this charge can be applied to cases in which the victim is younger than the Iowa Age of Consent, even if the victim willingly engages in sexual relations with the defendant.
Indecent contact with a child is a charge that is unique to Iowa. Crimes that would be prosecuted as indecent contact with a child in Iowa will be prosecuted under a different statute depending on the state in which the crime takes place.