What is Lewd or Lascivious Molestation

The words Lewd, lascivious, and indecent conduct mean being lustful, licentious (sexually unrestrained), unchaste, wicked, or sensual intent by the person doing an act.

Anyone who intentionally touches in a lewd or lascivious manner the breasts, genitals, genital area, or buttocks, or the clothing covering them, of a person less than 16 or forces or entices a person under 16 to touch the perpetrator, commits lewd or lascivious molestation. Anyone 18 or older who commits lewd or lascivious molestation against a victim less than 12 commits a life felony. A life felony for this section means a term of imprisonment for life or a split sentence that is a term of not less than 25 years' imprisonment and not exceeding life imprisonment, followed by probation or community control for the remainder of the person's natural life.

Anyone less than 18 who commits lewd or lascivious molestation against a victim less than 12 or an offender 18 or older who commits lewd or lascivious molestation against a victim 12 or older but less than 16 commits a second- degree felony punishable by 15 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine.

Anyone less than 18 who commits lewd or lascivious molestation against a victim 12 or older but less than 16 commits a third-degree felony punishable by 5 years in prison and a $5,000.00 fine.

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