Maryland Criminal Law Section 3-602

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.

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