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Sexual offences against children and young people

What the Law says - Section 58 of the Crimes Act 1958

A person aged 18 years or more must not solicit or procure a child under the age of 16 years to take part in an act of sexual penetration, or an indecent act (within the meaning of Subdivision (8D)), outside marriage with him or her or another person.

Penalty: Level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

A person aged 18 years or more must not solicit or procure another person to take part in an act of sexual penetration, or an indecent act (within the meaning of Subdivision (8D)), outside marriage with a child under the age of 16 years.

Penalty: Level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

A person aged 18 years or more must not solicit or procure a 16 or 17 year old child to whom he or she is not married and who is under his or her care, supervision or authority to take part in an act of sexual penetration, or an indecent act (within the meaning of Subdivision (8D)), with him or her or another person. Penalty: Level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

If a person does an act or thing referred to in subsection (1), (2) or (3) outside, or partly outside, Victoria; and there is a real and substantial link within the meaning of subsection (5) between the doing of the act or thing and Victoria- those subsections apply to the act or thing as if it had been done wholly within Victoria.

For the purposes of subsection (4), there is a real and substantial link with Victoria if a significant part of the conduct relating to, or constituting the doing of, the act or thing occurred in Victoria; or where the act or thing was done wholly outside Victoria, if the act or thing was done with the intention that the act of sexual penetration or the indecent act occur in Victoria.

For the purposes of subsection (3), and without limiting that subsection, a child is under the care, supervision or authority of a person if the person is the child's teacher; the child's foster parent; the child's legal guardian; a minister of religion with pastoral responsibility for the child; the child's employer; the child's youth worker; the child's sports coach; the child's counsellor; the child's health professional; a member of the police force acting in the course of his or her duty in respect of the child; employed in, or providing services in, a remand centre, youth residential centre, youth justice centre or prison and is acting in the course of his or her duty in respect of the child.

Maximum Penalty 10 years

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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