Section 66A Crimes Act | Sexual Intercourse Child Under 10


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Being accused of a child sex offence can be a highly distressing experience that has the potential to negatively impact your future life, as well as your relationships with family and friends.

However, the experienced lawyers at Sydney Criminal Lawyers can advise you about your options and the best way forward, prepare an effective case strategy and fight for the best possible outcome.

Section 66A of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of “sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.”

It says that you will commit an offence where you have sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.

Under the law, the term “sexual intercourse” refers to any penetration of a person’s genitalia or anus, including using objects. It also includes oral sex.

The maximum penalty for the offence is life imprisonment.

However, it is important to be aware that the prosecution is required to prove all of the elements of the offence beyond a reasonable doubt and there are a number of defences to the charge.

The Legislation

Section 66A of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of “sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10” and reads as follows:

66A Sexual intercourse – child under 10

(1) Any person who has sexual intercourse with a child who is under the age of 10 years is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty: imprisonment for life.

(2) A person sentenced to imprisonment for life for an offence under this section is to serve that sentence for the term of the person’s natural life.

(3) Nothing in this section affects the operation of section 21 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (which authorises the passing of a lesser sentence than imprisonment for life).

(4) Nothing in this section affects the prerogative of mercy.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being charged with child sexual assault can affect your reputation and relationships, as well as potentially resulting in onerous penalties.

However, our highly skilled criminal defence team can give you the strongest possible defence in your matter.

We have a proven track record of consistently achieving far better results than other law firms, who lack the expert insight and experience of our specialist sexual offence lawyers.

We achieve these outstanding results by taking the time to carefully examine all the evidence to find problems with the prosecution case and pushing to have the charges dropped outside of court on this basis.

Our expert defence team can also help you identify any defences to the charges, such as where your actions were for a proper medical purpose.

If the matter proceeds to court, we guarantee that you will be represented by our senior criminal defence advocates, who have extensive experience winning child sexual assault cases.

Alternatively, if you wish to accept the charges against you and plead guilty, our exceptional advocates will present your case in the most positive light to ensure that you get the best possible outcome.

It’s important to remember that these are serious offences which require the insight and expertise of a highly experienced specialist lawyer.

For the best defence in your child sex case, trust in our experience. Call us today on
(02) 9261 8881 and book your FREE first appointment
to discuss your case with our specialist sexual offence lawyers.