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Legal Statutes: Arkansas

UPDATED September 15, 2017

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Subchapter 1. General Provisions

back to top5-14-126. Sexual assault in the third degree

(a) A person commits sexual assault in the third degree if the person:

(1) Engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with another person who is not the actor's spouse, and the actor is:

(A) Employed with the Department of Correction, the Department of Community Correction, the Department of Human Services, or any city or county jail, the victim is in the custody of the Department of Correction, the Department of Community Correction, the Department of Human Services, or any city or county jail, and the actor is in a position of trust or authority over the victim and uses the position of trust or authority to engage in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity;

(B) Employed by or contracted with the Department of Community Correction, a local law enforcement agency, a court, or a local government and the actor is supervising the person while the person is on probation or parole or for any other court-ordered reason;

(C) Employed or contracted with or otherwise providing services, supplies, or supervision to an agency maintaining custody of inmates, detainees, or juveniles, the victim is in the custody of the Department of Correction, the Department of Community Correction, the Department of Human Services, or any city or county jail, and the actor is in a position of trust or authority over the victim and uses the position of trust or authority to engage in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity; or

(D) A mandated reporter under § 12-18-402(b) or a member of the clergy and is in a position of trust or authority over the victim and uses the position of trust or authority to engage in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity; or

(2)(A) Being a minor, engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual activity with another person who is:

(i) Less than fourteen (14) years of age; and

(ii) Not the person's spouse.

(B) It is an affirmative defense under this subdivision (a)(2) that the actor was not more than three (3) years older than the victim.

(b) It is no defense to a prosecution under this section that the victim consented to the conduct.

(c) Sexual assault in the third degree is a Class C felony.

Acts of 2001, Act 1738, § 4, eff. Aug. 13, 2001; Acts of 2003, Act 1324, § 1, eff. July 16, 2003; Acts of 2007, Act 363, § 1, eff. July 31, 2007; Acts of 2009, Act 748, § 14, eff. July 31, 2009; Acts of 2009, Act 758, § 4, eff. July 31, 2009; Acts of 2017, Act 418, § 4, eff. Aug. 1, 2017; Acts of 2017, Act 660, § 1, eff. Aug. 1, 2017.