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Lascivious Acts with a Child Defined

by David A. Cmelik Law PLC

​The Iowa Code, Sec. 709.8 lists four ways to commit lascivious acts. 


"It is unlawful for any person sixteen years of age or older to perform any of the following acts with a child with or without the child's consent unless married to each other, for the purpose of arousing or satisfying the sexual desires of either of them:


1. Fondle or touch the pubes or genitals of a child.

2. Permit or cause a child to fondle or touch the person's genitals or pubes.

3. Solicit a child to engage in a sex act or solicit a person to arrange a sex act with a child.

4. Inflict pain or discomfort upon a child or permit a child to inflict pain or discomfort on the person. Any person who violates a provision of this section involving an act included in subsection 1 or 2 shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a class "C" felony.


Any person who violates a provision of this section involving an act included in subsection 3 or 4 shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a class "D" felony."

Iowa Code Sec. 709.8


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 If you or a loved one has been arrested or is being investigated for lascivious acts or other sex crime in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, or other Iowa community,  you should not delay in obtaining criminal representation. Contact David A. Cmelik Law PLC at 319-389-1889 for an initial consultation today.