Like the charge of rape, a pending sexual battery/aggravated sexual battery investigation, or charging documents, will consider what part of the Kansas law you are accused of breaking. Each part of the code (ex. K.S.A. 21-5505) will have subparts. "Sexual battery" and "aggravated sexual battery" are frequently charged in Johnson County, Kansas. Here is how each is defined under Kansas law:
Sexual battery & aggravated sexual battery:
(a) Sexual battery is the touching of a victim who is not the spouse of the offender, who is 16 or more years of age and who does not consent thereto, with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the offender or another.
(b) Aggravated sexual battery is the touching of a victim who is 16 or more years of age and who does not consent thereto with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the offender or another and under any of the following circumstances:
(1) When the victim is overcome by force or fear;
(2) when the victim is unconscious or physically powerless; or
(3) when the victim is incapable of giving consent because of mental deficiency or disease, or when the victim is incapable of giving consent because of the effect of any alcoholic liquor, narcotic, drug or other substance, which condition was known by, or was reasonably apparent to, the offender.
(c)(1) Sexual battery is a class A person misdemeanor.
(2) Aggravated sexual battery is a severity level 5, person felony.
(d) Except as provided in subsection (b)(3), it shall not be a defense that the offender did not know or have reason to know that the victim did not consent to the battery, that the victim was overcome by force or fear, or that the victim was unconscious or physically powerless.
Note that this is considered a "sex crime" but intercourse is not necessary to be convicted of the crime. Nonetheless, like other sex crimes, the potential consequences for this charge are steep and long lasting. You should always err on the side of caution and exercise your right to remain silent, if you are being charged with rape in Johnson County or anywhere in Kansas. You should also exercise your right to an attorney. We can help. Call Attorney T. Morton 913-602-7288.
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