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Criminal offenses involving the sexual exploitation of a child are an extremely serious matter. These kinds of crimes are considered particularly reprehensible by both the public and the legal system and can result in lifelong consequences and a ruined reputation. A charge for child molestation has immediate, long-term, and life-altering consequences. Jail time is a frequent result as well as mandatory registration on Missouri’s sex offender registry. If convicted, a criminal record is inevitable, making employment and credit challenges even more difficult.
Child Molestation Charges in Missouri
Under Missouri Law, child molestation involves sexual contact with a child. Sexual contact can encompass a wide variety of conduct and is defined by statute as any touching of a person’s anus, genitals, or breasts, through or under clothing for the purpose of gratification, sexual arousal, or terrorization of the victim.
If the victim is under 14 and the contact is considered an aggravated sexual offense, it is first-degree molestation which is a class A felony. An aggravated sexual offense is one where the perpetrator inflicts serious physical injury on the victim. This can happen when:
- There is a threatening display of a weapon or “dangerous instrument”
- The event involves relations with a relative
- The victim is subjected to intercourse with multiple partners
- The accused has been previously found guilty of certain sexual offenses
- The accused has committed the offense as part of a pattern that involves two or more people
Other child molestation charges include:
- Sexual conduct with a victim under 12 constitutes child molestation in the second degree
- Sexual conduct with a victim under 14 where the offense is not an aggravated sexual offense is child molestation in the third degree
- If a person is more than four years older than a child under 17 and they subject that child to sexual conduct, he or she can be convicted of fourth degree child molestation.
Defenses May Be Available
Child molestation cases often involve allegations made by adults or children with very little supporting evidence. Sometimes, these kinds of allegations are made out of anger or as retribution for a perceived wrong. They may even be made part of an attempt to gain custody. Whatever the case, accusations of molestation should be handled tactfully, carefully, and by an experienced lawyer familiar with sex crime litigation.
Contact Us Today to Speak with a St. Louis Molestation Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with fondling, touching or otherwise molesting a child, contact the St. Louis child molestation defense attorneys of Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP. We are a nationally recognized criminal defense firm dedicated to defending individuals against all types of state and federal charges including sex crimes. We are frequently in the news following the successful handling of high-profile crimes, and we have long been regarded as one of the premier criminal defense firms in the region, based upon our results. To schedule a consultation with one of our child molestation defense attorneys, contact us or call our office at (314) 354-8484 .
We rely on skill, legal knowledge, relationships with prosecutors, and our reputation as results-driven litigators in order to defend our clients’ rights. Opposing counsels know we have handled more than 200 jury trials and will not hesitate to go to court if they fail to make an acceptable offer to mitigate our clients’ charges and consequences.
We also work with expert witnesses, including psychiatrists, doctors, and DNA experts to investigate physical evidence, the mindset of the alleged victim and other factors of the case. We have handled cases involving clients who had strong familial relationships with alleged victims as well as clients who claimed that alleged victims were entirely unknown to them. Our clients include teachers, religious advisors, counselors, and clients in numerous other roles.