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Iowa Child Sexual Abuse Cases-'Sex Act' Defined

by David A. Cmelik Law PLC

​​Although it is an uncomfortable subject, the target of a sexual abuse investigation must understand the legal definition of a sex act. A sex act under Iowa criminal law is: (1)  penetration of the penis into the vagina or anus; (2) contact of the mouth of one person and the genitals of another;  (b) contact between the genitals of one person and the genitals or anus of another;  (c) contact between the finger or hand of one person and the genitals or anus of another person (although professional medical contact is excluded); contact by a person's use of an artificial sex organ or a substitute for a sexual organ in contact with the genitals or anus of another.

Juries are allowed to consider the "facts and circumstances" surrounding the contact to decide whether it was "sexual in nature."


See also Iowa Code section 702.17


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Difficult Subject Matter like it or not, the target of a sexual abuse investigation or prosecution must understand the definition of a sex act to know how the State intends to prove up its case. An attorney licensed in Iowa and limited exclusively limited to criminal law can explain this and other concepts related to a sexual abuse investigation or prosecution to you or a loved one. Contact David A. Cmelik Law PLC today for an initial consultation.