Taking indecent liberties with children refers to many acts. The first is the exposing of one individual’s genitals to a child or the individual’s suggestion that the child exposes their genitalia. Secondly, it may also refer to the suggestion that a child may fondle or play with the individual’s genitals or vice versa. Thirdly, it may also refer to proposing a child to engage in any act of sexual intercourse such as fellatio or anal intercourse with the adult individual. Moreover, it may also refer to the enticement or invitation of a child by an adult individual to enter a vehicle, house or any other place in order to engage in any of the aforementioned activities.
In addition to this, it also refers to knowingly and willfully receiving money for allowing a person under the age of 18 to partake in any of the aforementioned activities.
Individuals convicted, found guilty, pleaded ‘nolo contendere’, granted probation before judgment or found not to be criminally responsible of taking such indecent liberties with children will have to register in the Maryland sex offenders’ registry, which is openly available to the public and includes information on the individual such as their address, work address and descriptions of the crimes that they have committed.
Furthermore, the length during which they remain registered as sex offenders varies on the crime they have committed. In Maryland, sex offender crimes are divided into 3 separate tiers.
For crimes related to taking indecent liberties with children, sexual solicitation of a child is a Tier II crime, and sexual abuse of a minor is a Tier III crime.
Tier II crimes require perpetrators to register as sex offenders every 6 months for 15 years, while on the other hand, Tier III crimes require perpetrators to register as sex offenders every 3 months for life.
Individuals guilty of a Tier III crime will remain registered until their death, however, there are cases where they are excused and their crime is removed from their record. Moreover, individuals relocating from Maryland will be removed from the Maryland Registry but their names will be forwarded to the jurisdiction of the state where they relocate.
On the other hand, individuals who fail to register on time face a jail sentence of three years and a fine of up to $5,000 as it is a misdemeanor in Maryland to knowingly avoid to register the correct information.
Moreover, individuals found guilty of engaging in sexual acts with a minor who is 4 years younger than them face potential jail time of one year and a fine of up to $1,000, or both in some cases. However, people convicted of these crimes for a second subsequent time may be subject to life imprisonment. In such charges, the common defense that the perpetrator was under the impression that the minor was actually of age is not considered a proper defense.
On the other hand, individuals convicted with the sexual solicitation of a minor can face a jail sentence with a maximum time limit of 10 years along with a fine of $25,000 for each count.
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