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Lewd Acts with a Minor: Signs of Abuse as Evidence (PC 288(a))

Lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under California Penal Code Section 288(a) is a complex crime. In many cases, the evidence against the defendant is merely the word of the alleged victim. In these he-said/she-said cases, the prosecution will often point to “signs of abuse” as evidence. What are these signs of abuse and how important are they in a lewd acts with a minor case? Elements of Lewd…

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