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Article - Criminal Law




§3–602.

    (a)    (1)    In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

        (2)    “Family member” has the meaning stated in § 3-601 of this subtitle.

        (3)    “Household member” has the meaning stated in § 3-601 of this subtitle.

        (4)    (i)    “Sexual abuse” means an act that involves sexual molestation or exploitation of a minor, whether physical injuries are sustained or not.

            (ii)    “Sexual abuse” includes:

                1.    incest;

                2.    rape;

                3.    sexual offense in any degree;

                4.    sodomy; and

                5.    unnatural or perverted sexual practices.

    (b)    (1)    A parent or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for the supervision of a minor may not cause sexual abuse to the minor.

        (2)    A household member or family member may not cause sexual abuse to a minor.

    (c)    A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 25 years.

    (d)    A sentence imposed under this section may be separate from and consecutive to or concurrent with a sentence for:

        (1)    any crime based on the act establishing the violation of this section; or

        (2)    a violation of § 3-601 of this subtitle involving an act of abuse separate from sexual abuse under this section.