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8.179 Abusive Sexual Contact—General

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8.179 ABUSIVE SEXUAL CONTACT—GENERAL (18 U.S.C. § 2244(a))

Comment

The offenses defined in 18 U.S.C. §§ 2241, 2242 and 2243 as sexual abuse become abusive sexual contact under 18 U.S.C. § 2244 if there was not a "sexual act" but there was a "sexual contact." Those terms are defined in Sections 2246(2) and (3). Accordingly, when it is necessary to instruct a jury on abusive sexual contact, the appropriate sexual abuse instruction should be used with "a sexual contact" substituted for "a sexual act."

Section 2244 does not make it a crime to attempt a sexual contact.