CHAPTER 7 - SEX CRIMES
The nature of the crime of rape. What constitutes the crimes of
sodomy and oral copulation. The various types of sexual offenses. The rationale behind the
sexual predator statutes. The purpose of rape shield laws.
is the unlawful act of sexual intercourse with another person against that person's will by
force, fear, or trick. The crime of rape has two elements:
unlawful sexual intercourse
committed by use of force, fear, or trick.
is the unlawful sexual penetration of the anus of one person by the penis of another,
committed by use of force or fear. The crime of sodomy has three elements:
penetration of the anus of one person
by the penis of another
by use of force or fear.
is the unlawful act of copulating the mouth of one person with the sexual
organs or anus of another by use of force or fear. The crime of oral copulation has three
the unlawful act of copulating the mouth of one person
with the sexual organs
or anus of another
by use of force or fear.
Among OTHER SEX OFFENSES, the following focuses on some of the more common sexual acts
committed by offenders:
is the act or fantasy of engaging in sexual activity with prepubertal children.
Prepubescent children are generally 13 years old or younger. This type of sexual activity is the
person's preferred or exclusive method of achieving sexual excitement. As adults, these
individuals generally prefer sexual activities with children of the same sex. Most states have
specific statutes that make sexual activity with a minor, usually under the age of 16, a crime.
Some statutes classify this as a misdemeanor
and others make it a felony
, AKA Zoophilia, is the act of engaging in sexual activity with animals. There are as
many different offenses as there are animals, although law enforcement officials have indicated
that chickens, dogs, and sheep appear to be the most common animals used in this type of sex
consists of engaging in sexual activity with a corpse. This offense is prohibited by
250.10 of the Model Penal Code, which makes it a misdemeanor to treat a corpse in a way that
the offender knows would outrage ordinary family sensibilities. Conduct such as dissection,
mutilation, disinterment, sale and sex with a corpse are indictable acts. This is not an act that
last occurred in the Middle Ages and still rests upon the books.
During the Dahmer sanity trial, it
was revealed that Dahmer used a condom while having sex with some of the bodies. The
prosecution cited his desire to avoid sexually transmitted disease from the dead body as
evidence of his sanity
is the repeated intentional act of exposing the genitals to an unsuspecting
stranger for achieving sexual excitement. This definition excludes the occasional lapse that most
normal people experience when they undress in their own home and forget to close the blinds. In
addition, it does not include the male who sometimes forgets to button or zip up his pants.
Exhibitionists are very deliberate in their acts. Many times, young children will be the victims of
this type of offense. Many states have specific statutes
dealing with exhibitionism, while others
classify it as disorderly conduct
involves the offender repeatedly observing unsuspecting people who are naked, in
the act of disrobing, or engaging in sexual activity. The voyeur does not desire to actively engage
in sexual relations with the person or persons he is observing. The viewing by itself is the