While it may be difficult to hear, sex crimes are becoming more and more common in Iowa. According to statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, there were 1,164 reported cases of sexual assault or rape in Iowa in 2019 alone. These sex-related crimes include sexual abuse, child pornography, lascivious acts with a child, indecent exposure, and prostitution. A defendant convicted of any of these sex offenses can face hefty fines, a lengthy prison sentence, registration as a sex offender, and other life-altering consequences.
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Types of Sex-Related Crimes in Iowa
There are a number of different criminal offenses that fall under the category of sex-related crimes in Iowa. Some of the most common sex-related offenses in Iowa include:
Under Iowa Code 709.1, sexual abuse is defined as any sex act committed against another person by force, against the victim's will, or when the victim is unable to consent due to mental incapacity. Sexual abuse is designated into first, second, and third-degree categories.
- First Degree: According to Iowa Code 709.2, a person commits sexual abuse in the first degree when the person causes another serious injury to the victim in the course of committing the act.
- Second Degree: According to Iowa Code 709.3, a person commits sexual abuse in the second degree when the person commits sexual abuse under any of the following circumstances:
- The defendant threatened the victim with force or with a dangerous weapon.
- The victim is under 12 years of age.
- The defendant was aided by another person, and the sex act was committed by force or against the victim's will.
- Third Degree: Under Iowa Code 709.4, a person commits sexual abuse in the third degree when the person performs a sex act under any of the following circumstances:
- The sex act was committed by force or against the victim's will.
- The sex act was performed while the victim was under the influence of a controlled substance.
- The victim is 12 or 13 years old.
- The victim is 14 or 15 years old, and the accused is a family member or household member.
- The defendant is four or more years older than the victim.