Sexual Assault

California’s sexual assault law, Penal Code 243.4 PC, prohibits the touching of another person’s intimate body parts for the purpose of sexual gratification, arousal, or abuse. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony sexual battery. Felony penalties normally apply if the victim was:

  • illegally restrained
  • fraudulently convinced that the touching was for a legitimate purpose (i.e. medical examination)
  • institutionalized, and in a state of incapacitation or disability
  • forced to touch or masturbate the assailant under any of the above circumstances.