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§ 3-602. Sexual abuse of a minor

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal Law

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 3. Other Crimes Against the Person
Subtitle 6. Abuse and Other Offensive Conduct
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-602
§ 3-602. Sexual abuse of a minor
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Family member” has the meaning stated in § 3-601 of this subtitle.
(3) “Household member” has the meaning stated in § 3-601 of this subtitle.
(4)(i) “Sexual abuse” means an act that involves sexual molestation or exploitation of a minor, whether physical injuries are sustained or not.
(ii) “Sexual abuse” includes:
1. incest;
2. rape;
3. sexual offense in any degree;
4. sodomy; and
5. unnatural or perverted sexual practices.
(b)(1) A parent or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for the supervision of a minor may not cause sexual abuse to the minor.
(2) A household member or family member may not cause sexual abuse to a minor.
(c) A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 25 years.
(d) A sentence imposed under this section may be separate from and consecutive to or concurrent with a sentence for:
(1) any crime based on the act establishing the violation of this section; or
(2) a violation of § 3-601 of this subtitle involving an act of abuse separate from sexual abuse under this section.


Added by Acts 2002, c. 273, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2003, c. 167, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003.

Editors' Notes

2003 Legislation
Acts 2003, c. 167, § 1, in subsec. (c), substituted “25 years” for “15 years”.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 3-602, MD CRIM LAW § 3-602
Current through legislation effective July 1, 2019, from the 2019 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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