Legal Statutes: Vermont
UPDATED September 24, 2012
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- Vermont Statutes (select sections)
- Title Twelve. Court Procedure
- Part 9. Particular Proceedings
- Chapter 178. Orders Against Stalking or Sexual Assault
- Title Thirteen. Crimes and Criminal Procedure
- Part 1. Crimes
- Chapter 1. General Provisions
- Chapter 19. Breach of the Peace; Disturbances
- Subchapter 4. Other Disturbances of the Peace
- Subchapter 7. Stalking
- Chapter 56. Custodial Interference
- Chapter 59. Lewdness and Prostitution
- Subchapter 1. Lewd and Indecent Conduct
- Chapter 64. Sexual Exploitation of Children
- Chapter 72. Sexual Assault
- Subchapter 1. Crimes; Trials
- Title Fourteen. Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations
- Part 4. Fiduciary Relations
- Chapter 111. Guardianship
- Subchapter 2. Persons for Whom Guardians Appointed2
- Article 1. Guardians of Minors
- Title Fifteen. Domestic Relations
- Chapter 5. Desertion and Support
- Subchapter 3A. Parentage Proceedings
- Chapter 11. Annulment and Divorce
- Subchapter 3A. Child Custody and Support
- Chapter 18. Grandparents' Visitation
- Chapter 19. Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act [Repealed]
- §§ 1031 to 1051. Repealed by 2011, No. 29, § 8, eff. July 1, 2011
- Chapter 20. Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement
- Subchapter 2. Jurisdiction
- Chapter 21. Abuse Prevention
- Subchapter 1: General Provisions
- Subchapter 3: Address Confidentiality for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking
- Title Fifteen B. Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (1996)
- Chapter 3. Civil Provisions of General Application
- Vermont Court Rules
- Rules for Family Proceedings
Subchapter 1. Lewd and Indecent Conduct
back to top2602. Lewd or lascivious conduct with child
(a)(1) No person shall willfully and lewdly commit any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child under the age of 16 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of such person or of such child.
(2) This section shall not apply if the person is less than 19 years old, the child is at least 15 years old, and the conduct is consensual.
(b) A person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be:
(1) For a first offense, imprisoned not less than two years and not more than 15 years, and, in addition, may be fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.
(2) For a second offense, imprisoned not less than five years and a maximum term of life, and, in addition, may be fined not more than $25,000.00, or both.
(3) For a third or subsequent offense, imprisoned not less than ten years and a maximum term of life, and, in addition, may be fined not more than $25,000.00, or both.
(c)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this subsection, a sentence ordered pursuant to subdivision (b)(2) of this section shall include at least a five-year term of imprisonment and a sentence ordered pursuant to subdivision (b)(3) of this section shall include at least a ten-year term of imprisonment. The five-year and ten-year terms of imprisonment required by this subdivision shall be served and may not be suspended, deferred, or served as a supervised sentence. The defendant shall not be eligible for probation, parole, furlough, or any other type of early release until the expiration of the five-year or ten-year term of imprisonment.
(2) The court may depart downwardly from the five-year and ten-year terms of imprisonment required by subdivisions (b)(2) and (3) of this section and impose a lesser term of incarceration if the court makes written findings on the record that the downward departure will serve the interests of justice and public safety.
(d) A person convicted of violating subdivision (b)(2) or (3) of this section shall be sentenced under section 3271 of this title.
(e) Any prior conviction for sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault shall be considered a prior offense for purposes of sentencing enhancement. This section shall not apply to a person who was convicted of sexual assault committed when the person was younger than 19 years of age and which involved consensual sex with a child at least 15 years of age.
1971, Adj. Sess., No. 199, § 15; 1995, No. 50, § 4; 2005, No. 79, § 9; 2005, Adj. Sess., No. 192, § 8; 2007, Adj. Sess., No. 174, § 9, eff. July 1, 2008.