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Penalty for Sexual Touching | Section 61KC Crimes Act NSW

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The maximum penalty for the offence of Sexually Touching is 5 years  or 10 years where it involves a child between 10 and 16 years of age, or 16 years where 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 Sexually Touch Another Person Without Consent:

When sentenced in the Local Court

Penalty type Number of cases – 700 Percent of cases
Children’s Court Penalties 0 0
Section 10(1)(a) Dismissal 0 0
Conditional Release Order Without Conviction 46 6.6
Section 10A Conviction with No Other Penalty 0 0
Fine Only 30 4.3
Conditional Release Order with Conviction 31 4.4
Community Correction Order 350 50
Intensive Correction Order 102 14.6
Imprisonment 141 20.1

The average full term prison sentence imposed for the offence is 12 months and the average non-parole period (the minimum term in prison) is 6 months.

When sentenced in a higher court, such as the District and/or Supreme Court

Penalty type Number of cases Percent of cases
Children’s Court Penalties 0 0
Section 10(1)(a) Dismissal 0 0
Conditional Release Order Without Conviction 1 2.9
Section 10A Conviction with No Other Penalty 0 0
Fine Only 0 0
Conditional Release Order with Conviction 0 0
Community Correction Order 6 17.1
Intensive Correction Order 16 45.7
Imprisonment 12 34.3

The average full term prison sentence imposed for the offence is 36 months and the average non-parole period (the minimum term in prison) is 18 months.

According to the Judicial Commission of New South Wales, the penalties imposed for the offence of Incite Another Person to Sexually Touch Them without Consent:

When sentenced in the Local Court

Penalty type Number of cases – 6 Percent of cases
Children’s Court Penalties 0 0
Section 10(1)(a) Dismissal 0 0
Conditional Release Order Without Conviction 1 16.7
Section 10A Conviction with No Other Penalty 0 0
Fine Only 0 0
Conditional Release Order with Conviction 0 0
Community Correction Order 2 33.3
Intensive Correction Order 0 0
Imprisonment 3 50

The average full term prison sentence imposed for the offence is 14 months and the average non-parole period (the minimum term in prison) is 8 months.

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