2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 3 - Other Crimes Against the Person
Subtitle 6 - Abuse and Other Offensive Conduct
§ 3-602. Sexual abuse of a minor

  • (a) Definitions. --

    • (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) Prohibited. --

    • (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) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 25 years.

  • (d) Sentencing. -- 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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