Legal Statutes: New York
UPDATED April 20, 2017
A person is guilty of forcible touching when such person intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose:
1. forcibly touches the sexual or other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading or abusing such person, or for the purpose of gratifying the actor's sexual desire; or
2. subjects another person to sexual contact for the purpose of gratifying the actor's sexual desire and with intent to degrade or abuse such other person while such other person is a passenger on a bus, train, or subway car operated by any transit agency, authority or company, public or private, whose operation is authorized by New York state or any of its political subdivisions.
For the purposes of this section, forcible touching includes squeezing, grabbing or pinching.
Forcible touching is a class A misdemeanor.
(Added L.2000, c. 1, § 53, eff. Feb. 1, 2001. Amended L.2003, c. 264, § 21, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; L.2015, c. 250, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2015.)