Sexual Offences against persons under the age of 16 or 18, Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, and Sexual Exploitation
The offences of Sexual Interference, Invitation to Sexual Touching, and Sexual Exploitation involve touching for a sexual purpose in relation to a person under the age of 16 (sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching), or in relation to a person age 16 or 17 (sexual exploitation). Thus, the age of consent is now 16 years of age, except in the circumstances outlined below with respect to the offence of Sexual Exploitation.
Sexual Interference of a minor and Invitation to Sexual Touching require, respectively, proof of touching for a sexual purpose by the accused, or to the accused (by invitation) with respect to a person under the age of 16. However, the same offences may be committed under the umbrella of the offence of Sexual Exploitation in the following circumstances:
(1) the alleged victim is 16 or 17 years of age (a “young person”);
(2) the accused is in a position of trust or authority toward the young person; or
(3) the young person is in a relationship of dependency or
(4) the young person is in an exploitative relationship with the accused person; and
(5) The accused touches the alleged victim for a sexual purpose, or invites the alleged victim to touch him or her for a sexual purpose.
There are many exceptions to the above that allow for the defence of consent, if the accused is less than two or five years older than the alleged victim.
Members of the public tend to view persons convicted of sexual offences against minors in a very negative light, leading to permanent damage to an individual’s personal reputation and professional career. The Criminal Law Team has succeeded in obtaining acquittals for many of our clients facing such charges. We have been able to uncover the ulterior motives behind such accusations. Many false accusations have arisen due to bitter relationship issues, divorce, or custody battles, and even from angry or vindictive friends, relatives, or neighbours. In numerous circumstances, minors have been manipulated by an angry parent, adult, or otherwise well-meaning therapist or psychologist to make false claims of being molested. As well, many minors have lived a troubled past that, once uncovered, suggests he or she cannot be trusted to tell the truth. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your case with you, with a view to exposing the real reasons behind the accusations against you.
The Criminal Law Team has over 65 years of experience in defending individuals accused of these very serious allegations. Our only goal is to obtain the best possible result for you.
It is important that you act quickly if you are accused or charged with any of these offences, including sexual interference of a minor. You must not “volunteer” any information to anyone about the accusations against you, especially police officers investigating your case. We will discuss the case with you beforehand, and prepare you for the onslaught of questions from the police, which will be for the sole purpose of using your answers against you in court.
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