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In Connecticut, sexual crimes are prosecuted using combinations of nine different laws. Most of these laws include both cases of child sexual abuse and sexual assault committed against adults, but the penalties may vary depending on the unique circumstances of each crime. We’ve summarized Connecticut’s sexual assault and abuse laws in the section below.
If you or a loved one has recently suffered as a victim of a traumatic sexual assault or incident of child sexual abuse, it’s important to understand your rights. From Hartford and Waterbury to Middletown and New Haven, Connecticut's criminal justice system will handle the process of prosecuting your attacker, but this is only part of the puzzle.
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If you are a survivor of sexual assault or child sexual abuse, there are resources available in Connecticut that can help. To find a rape crisis center in your area, and be connected to 24-hour counseling, legal advocacy and other services, visit the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence today.
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In Connecticut, someone can be found guilty of first-degree sexual assault if he or she forces another person to engage in sexual intercourse through violence, threats, and other forms of coercion. These charges also apply when the victim is under 13 years old and the actor is more than two years older than the victim, when two or more other people are present during the act, and when the victim is mentally incapacitated and cannot consent to the sexual activity.
First-degree sexual assault can either be a Class A or Class B felony. Class A felonies are reserved for especially heinous crimes involving a victim under age 16 and the use of violence or threats of violence, or when the victim is under 13 and the offender is more than two years older. A Class B felony is punishable by 1-20 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine, while a Class a felony is punishable by 25-60 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000.
A person can be charged and found guilty of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree if he or she commits first-degree sexual assault involving one or more of the following conditions:
Aggravated sexual assault in the first degree can be either a Class A felony (25-60 years in prison; up to a $20,000 fine) or Class B felony (1-20 years in prison; up to $15,000 fine) depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime.
Aggravated sexual assault of a minor charges apply if an offender commits sexual assault against a victim who is under 13 years old, and one or more of the following conditions apply:
This crime is a Class A felony punishable by a mandatory sentence of 25 years on a first offense and 50 years for any subsequent offense. These sentences are not eligible to be suspended or reduced by the court.
A person can be convicted of sexual assault in the second degree for several different types of sexual offenses. This charge can be enforced on a statutory basis if one of the people involved in the sexual activity is younger than the age of consent, even if that person willingly engaged in the activity. A person may be found guilty of second-degree sexual assault if he or she has sex with another person and one or more of these conditions apply:
Second-degree sexual assault can either be a Class B (1-20 years in prison; $15,000 maximum fine) or Class C felony (1-10 years; $10,000 max fine), which depends on the circumstances of the case. If the victim is under 16 years old, the charge will be brought as a Class B felony.
Sexual assault in the third-degree charges apply to offenses where one person uses force or the threat of force to compel another person to engage in any form of sexual contact. This crime is a Class D felony (1-5 years in prison; maximum fine of $5,000) or a Class C felony (1-10 years in prison; maximum fine of $10,000) if the victim is under 16 years old.
Someone can be found guilty of sexual assault in the fourth degree for incidents of sexual activity involving the following circumstances:
Fourth-degree sexual assault can be classified as a Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year in prison; maximum $2,000 fine) or if the victim is under 16 years old, a Class D felony (1-5 years in prison, maximum fine of $5,000).
If a person commits sexual assault in the third degree (as outlined above) and uses, is armed with, threatens to use, displays, or suggests they have a firearm during the commission of the crime, they’ll be charged with sexual assault in the third degree with a firearm. This crime is a Class C felony or, if the victim is younger than 16 years old, a Class B felony.
Connecticut has a separate law for dealing with sexual assault within a marriage or cohabitating relationship. If one person forces the other to engage in sexual intercourse through the use of a dangerous weapon, physical force, superior physical strength, or any other form of force or violence, he or she will be found guilty of sexual assault in the spousal or cohabitating relationship. This crime is a Class B felony punishable by 1-20 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.