Child molestation- first degree - Washington Sexual Assault Laws
In Washington, the criminal charge of Child molestation- first degree is classified as a Statutory Class A felony.
Child molestation- first degree Crime & Punishment in Washington :
The Washington code § 9A.44.083 defines one degrees of the crime child molestation- first degree, 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||Child molestation- first degree - Charge Description||Punishment|
Class A felony
|Applies when sexual contact occurs between a victim under 12 and an offender at least three years older than victim||Maximum of life in prison, and/or a fine of $50,000|
Washington law allows child molestation- first degree 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 Washington Age of Consent, even if the victim willingly engages in sexual relations with the defendant.
Child molestation- first degree is a charge that is unique to Washington. Crimes that would be prosecuted as child molestation- first degree in Washington will be prosecuted under a different statute depending on the state in which the crime takes place.