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Sexual Intercourse with Child under 10 years

Sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years is an offence under section 66A(1) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). The maximum penalty is imprisonment for 25 years. The standard non-parole period is imprisonment for 15 years.

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What the prosecution must prove

To prove the charge, the prosecution must show beyond reasonable doubt that:

  • A person had sexual intercourse with a child,
  • The child was under the age of 10

What is “sexual intercourse”?

Sexual intercourse is defined as the penetration of the genitals of a female or the anus or mouth of any person by the body of another person or an object manipulated by another person. Sexual intercourse also includes cunnilingus.

Defences

You may have a defence if:

  • You did not have sexual intercourse with the complainant.

The consent of the child is not a defence to this charge.

Will I go to jail?

Sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years of age is a very serious criminal offence that would almost always result in a full-time custodial sentence. The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) prescribes a standard non-parole period of 15 years.