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What is aggravated sexual battery in Virginia?

In a sexual abuse case, when a complaining witness who is less than 13 years of age is sexually abused and if the act is accomplished through the use of the complaining witness’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness it would constitute aggravated sexual battery.  It would also constitute aggravated sexual battery if the parent, step-parent, grandparent, or step-grandparent commits the offense against a child who is at least 13 but less than 18 years of age.  It would be aggravated sexual battery if the act of sexual abuse is accomplished against the will of a child by force, threat or intimidation and the abused child is at least 13 but less than 15 years of age or serious bodily or mental injury is caused to the child or a dangerous weapon was used or threatened to be used.

In Virginia, aggravated sexual battery is a criminal offense punishable under Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-67.3 and is punishable by confinement in a state correctional facility for a term of not less than one nor more than 20 years and by a fine of not more than $100,000.

Below is a sample case of aggravated sexual battery in Virginia as interpreted by a lawyer in our firm.

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Under Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-67.3,

“A. An accused shall be guilty of aggravated sexual battery if he or she sexually abuses the complaining witness, and

  1. The complaining witness is less than 13 years of age, or
  2. The act is accomplished through the use of the complaining witness’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness, or
  3. The offense is committed by a parent, step-parent, grandparent, or step-grandparent and the complaining witness is at least 13 but less than 18 years of age, or
  4. The act is accomplished against the will of the complaining witness by force, threat or intimidation, and
    1. The complaining witness is at least 13 but less than 15 years of age, or
    2. The accused causes serious bodily or mental injury to the complaining witness, or
    3. The accused uses or threatens to use a dangerous weapon…”

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Jackson v. Commonwealth

Facts:

Defendant appealed his conviction in the Circuit Court of Arlington (Virginia) for aggravated sexual battery, in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-67.3.  He argued that the evidence was insufficient to prove that he forced the victim, a thirteen-year-old minor child, to touch his “intimate parts.”  The appeals court found that the Commonwealth failed to present any evidence that defendant touched the victim’s intimate parts or that he forced the victim to touch his intimate parts. The victim’s only description of defendant’s action was that he was “riding on” her and moving up and down in such a manner that she could not get up.  Accordingly the appellate court held that the trial court’s judgment was reversed, the penalties and conviction were vacated, and the indictment was dismissed.

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Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • Pursuant to Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-67.3, an accused shall be guilty of aggravated sexual battery if he or she sexually abuses the complaining witness, and the act is accomplished against the will of the complaining witness by force, threat, or intimidation.

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