California Penal Code 288 PC lists a number of “crimes against nature”. This section includes the following offenses:
You are guilty of this offense if you willfully and lewdly touch the body of a child under the age of 14 with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying your sexual desires or the child’s sexual desires.
Example: You touch your niece’s breasts with the intent of satisfying your sexual urges at the moment.
Harmful Matter Sent with Intent of Seduction of Minor (PC 288.2)
You are guilty of this offense if you know that a person is a minor, or fail to exercise reasonable care in determining the person’s true age, and exhibit or distribute any matter with the intention of gratifying your sexual desires or the child’s sexual desires.
Example: You are chatting online with a female that you believe is 16 years of age and decide to email her a photo of your penis because it “turns you on.”
Contact of Minor with Intent to Commit Sexual Offense (PC 288.3)
You are guilty of this offense if you contact or attempt to contact someone that you know is a minor, or should reasonably know is a minor, with the intent of committing an act specified in PC 207, 209, 261, 264.1, 273a, 286, 288, 288(a), 288.2, 289, 311.2, 311.4, or 311.11.
Example: You send a sexually provocative Facebook message to someone that you believe is 15 years of age with the intent of gratifying her sexual desires.
Contact of Minor with Intent to Commit Sexual Offense (PC 288.4)
You are guilty of this offense if you arrange a meeting with a minor, or a person that you believe is a minor, with the intent of exposing your genitals or rectal area, having the child expose his or her genitals or rectal area, or engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior.
Example: You call a 14-year old girl and invite her to come “get naked and have fun” at your apartment.
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child (PC 288.5)
You are guilty of this offense if you reside in the same home as a child or have recurring access to a child, and engage in three (3) or more acts of substantial sexual conduct over a period greater than three (3) months with a child under the age of 14.
Example: Over a span of 8 months, you use your fingers to penetrate your daughter’s vagina once a week.
Sexual Intercourse or Sodomy with a Child 10 Years of Age or Younger (PC 288.7)
You are guilty of this offense if you engage in sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child who is 10 years of age or younger.
Example: You have anal sex with an 8-year old boy.
Oral Copulation or Sexual Penetration of Child 10 Years of Age or Younger (PC 288.7)
You are guilty of this offense if you engage in oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child who is 10 years of age or younger.
Example: You place your mouth an on 8-year old girl’s vagina.
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