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Penalty for Sexual Act | Section 61KE Crimes Act NSW

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The maximum penalty for the offence of Sexual Act 18 months in prison or 2 years if it involves a child between 10 and 16 years of age or 7 years if it involves a child under 10.

However, it is important to bear in mind this is the most severe penalty that can be imposed, and the court will take into account a wide range of factors when determining the appropriate penalty in your particular case.

These factors include whether you pleaded guilty or were found guilty after a hearing or trial, your criminal history (or lack thereof), your remorse as can be demonstrated through character references and/or a letter of apology, the likelihood that you will reoffend as can be shown through any courses or programs you have undertaken since the date of the offence and the seriousness of the particular conduct itself, to name a few.

According to the Judicial Commission of New South Wales, the penalties imposed for the offence of Carry Out Sexual Act with/toward Alleged Victim without Consent:

When sentenced in the Local Court

Penalty type Number of cases – 198 Percent of cases
Children’s Court Penalties 0 0
Section 10(1)(a) Dismissal 0 0
Conditional Release Order Without Conviction 5 2.5
Section 10A Conviction with No Other Penalty 1 0.5
Fine Only 6 3
Conditional Release Order with Conviction 10 5.1
Community Correction Order 72 36.4
Intensive Correction Order 26 13.1
Imprisonment 78 39.4

The average full term prison sentence imposed for the offence is 9 months and the average non-parole period (the minimum term in prison) is 6 months.

According to the Judicial Commission of New South Wales, the penalties imposed for the offence of Incite Victim to Carry Out Sexual Act with/toward Offender without Consent:

When sentenced in the Local Court

Penalty type Number of cases – 5 Percent of cases
Children’s Court Penalties 0 0
Section 10(1)(a) Dismissal 0 0
Conditional Release Order Without Conviction 0 0
Section 10A Conviction with No Other Penalty 0 0
Fine Only 1 20
Conditional Release Order with Conviction 0 0
Community Correction Order 2 40
Intensive Correction Order 0 0
Imprisonment 2 40

The average full term prison sentence imposed for the offence is 8 months and the average non-parole period (the minimum term in prison) is 6 months.

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