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Sexual Offences

In NSW there are a number of different offences classed as a sexual offence. These offences are taken very seriously by the courts and can result in significant terms of imprisonment.

This page outlines the details for the different types of sexual offences that you can be charged with in NSW, including the maximum penalties that apply and defences that might be available.

What is the definition of a sexual offence?

A sexual offence is any offence that involves a sexual component. In NSW there are a number of different sexual offences that each have their own elements and complexities.


Child Abuse Material

Colloquially possession of child pornography, this is an offence involving the possession, distribution or creation of material involving underage persons of a sexual nature.

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Indecent Assault

Indecent Assaults are matters where a person commits an assault on another person and this assault involves an act that has a sexual connotation (eg. grabbing a woman by the vagina).

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Sexual Assault

Sexual assaults are matters where the prosecution alleges that sexual intercourse has taken place without consent.

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Sexual Touching

An offence criminalising the touching of another person where a reasonable person would consider the touching to be sexual. The touching must be without consent. This offence carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 5 years. Only applies to conduct alleged to have occurred after 1 December 2018.

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