Unwanted touching, also known as unwanted sexual contact, is an element in many Connecticut sex crimes. On this page, I will explain what unwanted touching is, which crimes it is related to, as well as how you can defend yourself against it.
What is Unwanted Touching?
Unwanted touching or unwanted sexual contact is when a person touches another person intimately without their consent.
“Sexual contact” is defined by Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-65(3) (2019).
It is considered contact between intimate parts of two people engaged in a sexual act. This touching/act must be for either the humiliation/degradation of the unwilling participant, or the sexual enjoyment of the other participant.
“Intimate parts” is another term that the Connecticut General Statutes defines. It is defined by Conn. Gen, Stat. § 53a-65(8) (2019). Intimate parts refer to the genital area as well as bodily fluids coming from the genitals, breasts, buttocks, anus, groin, and inner thigh.
Consent plays a large role in most sex crimes, included unwanted touching. If two parties have sex and consent to it, the act is not a crime.
The crimes of sexual assault in the third degree, sexual assault in the third degree with a firearm, sexual assault in the fourth degree, and risk of injury to a minor involve unwanted sexual contact.
If you have been charged with unwanted touching or any of the crimes mentioned on this page, you should seek the help of an attorney. Find a criminal defense attorney who has worked with sex defense cases before, such as our lawyers at Ruane Attorneys. A lawyer can answer your questions, help you establish the best defense for your situation, and provide additional resources. To learn more, contact our office.