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Sex Offences - Sexual Assault Offences and Maximum Penalties

Offence

Section

Status

Maximum Penalty

Maliciously inflicts GBH with intent to have sexual intercourse

s.61B

14.7.1981 – 17.3.1991

20 years

Inflict / Threaten actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse

s.61C(1), (2)

14.7.1981 – 17.3.1991

12 years

Inflict / Threaten actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse in company

s.61C(3), (4)

21.2.1988 – 17.3.1991

14 years

Sexual intercourse without consent

s.61D(1)

14.7.1981 – 17.3.1991

7 years increased to 8 years 21.2.1988

Sexual intercourse without consent person under 16y

s.61D(1)

14.7.1981 – 17.3.1991

10 years

Sexual intercourse without consent person under 16y and under authority

s.61D(1A)

23.3.1986 – 17.3.1991

12 years

Sexual intercourse without consent in company

s.61D(1B)

21.2.1988 – 17.3.1991

10 years

Sexual intercourse without consent in company on person under 16y

s.61D(1B)

21.2.1988 – 17.3.1991

12 years

Sexual intercourse without consent in company person under 16y and under authority

s.61D(1C)

21.2.1988 – 17.3.1991

14 years

Assault and commit act of indecency

s.61E(1)

14.7.1981 – 17.3.1991

4 years

Assault and commit act of indecency on person under 16y

s.61E(1)

14.7.1981 – 23.3.1986

6 years

Assault and commit act of indecency on person under 16y and under authority

s.61E(1A)

23.3.1986 – 17.3.1991

6 years

Assault and commit act of indecency in company

s.61E(1B)

21.2.1988 – 17.3.1991

6 years

Assault and commit act of indecency on person under 16y and under authority in company

s.61E(1C)

21.2.1988 – 17.3.1991

8 years

Commit act of indecency on person under 16y

s.61E(2)

14.7.1981 – 17.3.1991

2 years

Commit act of indecency on person under 16 and under authority

s.61E(2A)

23.3.1986 – 17.3.1991

4 years

Sexual intercourse without consent

s.61I

17.3.1991 - Active

14 years

Aggravated sexual assault

s.61J

17.3.1991 - Active

20 years

Aggravated sexual assault in company

s.61JA

1.10.2001 - Active

Life

Inflict / Threaten actual bodily harm with intent to have sexual intercourse

s.61K

17.3.1991 - Active

20 years

Indecent assault

s.61L

17.3.1991 - Active

5 years

Aggravated indecent assault

(age of victim as aggravating factor removed 1.1.2009)

s.61M(1)

17.3.1991 - Active

7 years

Indecent assault on person under 10y

(Age of victim as aggravating factor increased to 16 years 1.1.2009)

s.61M(2)

17.3.1991 - Active

10 years

Act of indecency on person under 16y

s.61N(1)

17.3.1991 - Active

2 years

Act of indecency on person 16y or above

s.61N(2)

1.7.1995 - Active

18 months

Aggravated act of indecency on person under 16y

s.61O(1)

17.3.1991 - Active

5 years

Aggravated act of indecency person on person 16y or above

s.61O(1A)

1.7.1995 - Active

3 years

Act of indecency person under 10y

s.61O(2)

17.3.1991 – Active

7 years

Act of indecency person under 16y filmed for child pornography

s.61O(2A)

1.1.2009 - Active

10 years

Rape

s.63

1900 - 14.7.1981

Death – reduced to Life 14.4.1955

Attempt rape

s.65

1900 - 14.7.1981

14 years

Procure intercourse by non-violent threats

s.65A

21.2.1988 – Active

6 years

Procure by fraud

s.66

1900 - 13.6.2003

14 years

Sexual intercourse child under 10y

s.66A

23.3.1986 - Active

20 years increased to 25 years 1.2.2003

Aggravated sexual intercourse with child under 10y

s.66A(2)

1.1.2009 – Active

Life

Attempts to have sexual intercourse child under 10y

s.66B

23.3.1986 - Active

20 years increased to 25 years 1.2.2003

Sexual intercourse with child between 10y and 16y

s.66C(1)

23.3.1986 - 13.6.2003

8 years

Sexual intercourse with child between 10y and 16y and under authority

s.66C(2)

23.3.1986 – 13.6.2003

10 years

Sexual intercourse with child between 10y and 14y

s.66C(1)

13.6.2003 - Active

16 years

Aggravated sexual intercourse with child between 10y and 14y

s.66C(2)

13.6.2003 - Active

20 years

Sexual intercourse with child of or above 14y and below 16y

s.66C(3)

13.6.2003 - Active

10 years

Aggravated sexual intercourse with child of or above 14y and below 16y

s.66C(4)

13.6.2003 - Active

12 years

Attempt sexual; intercourse under s.66C

s.66D

23.3.1986 - Active

Penalty under s.66C

Persistent sexual abuse of child

s.66EA

15.1.1999 - Active

25 years

Sexual intercourse with person with person with intellectual disability and under authority

s.66F(2)

21.2.1988 - Active

10 years

Sexual intercourse with person with person with intellectual disability

s.66F(3)

21.2.1988 - Active

8 years

Carnal knowledge girl under 10y

s.67

1900 - 23.3.1986

Death reduced to Life 14.4.1955

Attempt carnal knowledge girl under 10y

s.68

1900 - 23.3.1986

14 years

Carnal knowledge of girl between 10y and 16y

s.71

1.10.1924 - 23.3.1986

10 years

Attempted carnal knowledge of girl between 10y and 16y

s.72

1.10.1924 – 23.3.1986

5 years

Carnal knowledge with idiot or imbecile

s.72A

1.10.1924 – 21.2.1988

5 years

Carnal knowledge by teacher / father of girl between 10y –17y

s.73

1.10.1924 –23.3.1986

14 years

Carnal knowledge by teacher / father of girl 16y

s.73

23.3.1986 – 13.6.2003

8 years

Sexual intercourse with person aged 16y and under special care

s.73(1)

13.6.2003 - Active

8 years

Sexual intercourse with person aged 17y and under special care

s.73(2)

13.6.2003 - Active

4 years

Attempt carnal knowledge by teacher / father of girl between 10y – 17y

s.74

1.10.1924 –23.3.1986

7 years

Attempt carnal knowledge by teacher / father of girl between 16y

s.74

23.3.1986 – 13.6.2003

8 years

Assault and commit act of indecency on female

s.76

1.10.1924 – 14.7.1981

3 years increased to 4 years 2.8.1974

Assault and commit act of indecency on female under 16y

s.76

1.10.1924 – 14.7.1981

5 years increased to 6 years 2.8.1974

Commit act of indecency female under 16y

s.76A

2.8.1974 – 14.7.1981

2 years

Incest

s.78A

1.10.1924 – 13.6.2003

7 years

Incest

s.78A

13.6.2003 - Active

8 years

Attempted incest

s.78B

1.10.1924 - Active

2 years

Homosexual intercourse male under 10y

s.78H

8.6.1984 – 1.2.2003

Life reduced to 25 years 12.1.1990

Attempt homosexual intercourse male under 10y

s.78I

8.6.1984 – 1.2.2003

14 years

Homosexual intercourse with male between 10y and 18y

s.78K

8.6.1984 – 13.6.2003

10 years

Attempt homosexual intercourse with male between 10y and 18y

s.78L

8.6.1984 – 13.6.2003

5 years

Homosexual intercourse with male imbecile or idiot

s.78M

8.6.1984 – 21.2.1988

5 years

Homosexual intercourse by teacher or father on male between 10y and 18y

s.78N

8.6.1984 – 13.6.2003

14 years

Attempt homosexual intercourse by teacher or father on male between 10y and 18y

s.78O

8.6.1984 – 13.6.2003

7 years

Act of gross indecency with male under 18y

s.78Q(1)

8.6.1984 – 13.6.2003

2 years

Buggery and bestiality

s.79

1900 - 8.6.1984

14 years

Bestiality

s.79

8.6.1984 - Active

14 years

Attempt buggery or bestiality

s.80

1900 - 8.6.1984

5 years

Attempt bestiality

s.80

8.6.1984 - Active

5 years

Sexual assault by forced self-manipulation

s.80A

17.3.1991 - Active

14 years

Sexual assault by forced self-manipulation on person under 10y

s.80A

17.3.1991 - Active

20 years

Causing sexual servitude

s.80D(1)

22.3.2002 - Active

15 years

Aggravated causing sexual servitude

s.80D(2)

22.3.2002 - Active

19 years

Conduct business of sexual servitude

s.80E(1)

22.3.2002 - Active

15 years

Aggravated conduct business of sexual servitude

s.80E(2)

22.3.2002 - Active

19 years

Indecent assault on male

s.81

1900 - 8.6.1984

5 years

Act of indecency with another male

s.81A

14.4.1955 – 8.6.1984

2 years

Solicit act of indecency with another male

s.81B

14.4.1955 – 8.6.1984

18 months