An Act To Protect Young Children from Sex Offenses
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §255-A, sub-§1, ¶E-1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 711, Pt. B, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 2. 17-A MRSA §255-A, sub-§1, ¶F-1, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 711, Pt. B, §3, is repealed.
Sec. 3. 17-A MRSA §258, sub-§1-A, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 711, Pt. B, §6, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 34-A MRSA §11203, sub-§7, ¶A, as amended by PL 2009, c. 365, Pt. B, §13 and affected by §22, is further amended to read:
Current law provides that most sex crimes against a child under 12 years of age, such as gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor, are Class A or Class B crimes. This bill increases the class of crime for sexual misconduct with a child under 12 years of age from a Class C to a Class B crime and for unlawful sexual contact with a child under 12 years of age, when the defendent is at least 3 years older, to a Class A crime to bring those crimes more in line with the classification of other sex crimes against children under 12 years of age.
Due to the increase in the classification of unlawful sexual contact to a Class A, the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 255-A, subsection 1, paragraph F-1 was made redundant and so is repealed.