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Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Sex crimes in which the alleged victims are children are aggressively prosecuted in Utah. When a person engages in prohibited sexual conduct with a minor that does not constitute rape, object rape, aggravated sexual assault, unlawful sexual activity with a minor, or an attempt to commit any of these offenses, the alleged offender may be charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

Simply being charged with this crime can have a profound impact on every facet of an alleged offender’s life. It is important to remember that an investigation or arrest is not the same as a conviction, and authorities may investigate and even file criminal charges without sufficient evidence or when the allegations are completely false.

Lawyer for Sexual Abuse of a Minor Arrests in Salt Lake City, UT

If you think that you could be under investigation or you were already arrested in Utah for alleged sexual abuse of a minor, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. Levitt Legal, PLLC defends clients accused of sex crimes throughout Salt Lake County, Tooele County, Summit County, Box Elder County, Cache County, Weber County, Morgan County, Davis County, Wasatch County, and Utah County.

Darren Levitt is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Salt Lake City who can fight to possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call (801) 455-1743 to receive a free, confidential consultation that will allow our lawyer to provide a complete evaluation of your case.


Utah Sexual Abuse of a Minor Crimes Information Center


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Sexual Abuse of a Minor Charges in Salt Lake County

In regards to the offense of sexual abuse of a minor, Utah Code § 76-5-401.1 defines a minor as a person who is 14 years of age or older, but younger than 16 years of age, at the time the alleged sexual activity occurred. A person who is four or more years older than the alleged victim and holds a position of special trust can be charged with this crime if he or she does any of the following with the intent to cause substantial emotional or bodily pain to any person or with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person regardless of the sex of any participant:

  • touches the anus, buttocks, or any part of the genitals of the minor;
  • touches the breast of a female minor;
  • otherwise takes indecent liberties with the minor; or
  • causes a minor to take indecent liberties with the alleged offender or another person.

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Sexual Abuse of a Minor Penalties in Salt Lake City

If the alleged offender was younger than 21 years of age at the time of the alleged offense, sexual abuse of a minor is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. Such alleged offenders, however, are not subject to sex offender registration requirements if convicted.

Sexual abuse of a minor is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 if the alleged offender at the time of the commission of the alleged offense:

  • was 18 years of age or older;
  • held a “position of special trust”, such as a teacher or a volunteer at a public or private elementary school or secondary school or other position of special trust as set forth in Utah Code 76-5-404.1 (e.g. adoptive parent, aunt, uncle, babysitter, coach, adult cohabitant of the parent, counselor, doctor, grandparent, stepparent, etc.); and
  • committed the offense against an individual who at the time of the offense was enrolled as a student at the school where the actor was employed or was acting as a volunteer.

Individuals convicted of third-degree felony sexual abuse of a minor must also register as sex offenders for 10 years following the date of termination of their sentences after first offenses. Any subsequent conviction will result in that person being required to register as a sex offender for life.


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Utah Sexual Abuse of a Minor Resources

Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) — The mission of DCFS is to “keep children safe from abuse and neglect and provide domestic violence services by working with communities and strengthening families.” On this website, you can learn more about the different types of services DCFS provides. You can also learn more about Child Protective Services.

Child & Family Services
195 N. 1950 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(801) 538-4100

Prevent Child Abuse Utah — Prevent Child Abuse Utah is a statewide agency that claims to be the state’s largest nonprofit child abuse prevention organization. Visit this website to learn more about some of the organization’s programs and upcoming events. You can also download a brochure and access annual reports.

Prevent Child Abuse Utah
2121 S. State St. Suite 202A
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(801) 532-3404


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Levitt Legal, PLLC | Salt Lake City Sexual Abuse of a Minor Defense Attorney

Were you arrested or do you believe that you might be under investigation in Utah for sexual abuse of a minor? Even if you are confident that you are completely innocent, do not say anything to authorities until you have contacted Levitt Legal, PLLC.

Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer Darren Levitt represents individuals accused of sexual offenses in South Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, Draper, Riverton, West Valley City, West Jordan, Taylorsville, Murray, and many surrounding areas of Salt Lake County. He can review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (801) 455-1743 or fill out an online contact form today to take advantage of a free initial consultation.


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