August 10, 2011 By Stephen Klarich
underage kissing
Kissing an underage minor could be a serious crime.

Is a Kiss Just a Kiss?

A kiss is not just a kiss when it is a French kiss on a minor. In a recent court decision, the court held that French kissing between adults and a 12-year-old child who are members of the same household constitutes sexual abuse.

In LA County Dept. of Children and Family Services v. Edwin H., 2011 DJDAR 8713, the appellate court reversed the lower court decision which dismissed the charge in juvenile dependency court, and held that the conduct of Edwin H. toward D.C., a 12-year-old girl who is the daughter of his girlfriend, Reyna F. requires reconsideration and required the offending adult to participate in a sexual abuse program.

The lower court concluded that while the conduct although inappropriate, was not sexual in nature. Edwin is a 32-year-old man who claims to be in love with this 12-year-old girl. He engaged in French kissing her on at least three different occasions.

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If you are accused of committing a sex offense against a minor, your freedom is at stake. You need to act now to protect your future. That is why the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich are here to help.

Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully defending our clients facing sex crime charges for over 30 years. We can help obtain the best possible result in your case.

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