What is Abduction or Detention for a Sexual Purpose?

by Doogue + George Criminal Defence Lawyers

Abduction or Detention for a Sexual Purpose is a charge filed against a person who has forcibly taken someone somewhere while thinking that the person, or someone else, will have sex with them.

Examples of Abduction or Detention for a Sexual Purpose

  • A man and woman meet at a party. The man enters a separate room with the woman. The man then prevents the woman from leaving the room with the intention of having sex with her.
  • A man and a woman meet in a bar. The man wants the woman to have sex with a friend of his. With this intention, he takes the woman to his friend’s house against her will.

 What are possible defences to a charge of Abduction or Detention for a Sexual Purpose?

  • The other person agreed to have sex.
  • There was no intention to have sex with the other person.
  • The other person wasn’t detained.
  • Someone else forced you to detain the other person.
  • Somebody else abducted the other person.

 Questions in cases like this

  • How do they prove your intention to have sex with the other person?
  • How do they prove that the other person didn’t consent to be with you?
  • Did somebody else force you to detain someone?

There are other possible defences depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Maximum penalty and the court that deals with Abduction or Detention for a Sexual Purpose

The maximum penalty for this charge is level 5 imprisonment (10 years). This is a strictly indictable charge which means that your case will be heard in the County Court.

What is the legal definition of Abduction or Detention for a Sexual Purpose?

The legal definition of Abduction or Detention for a Sexual Purpose is when a person (A) takes away or detains someone else (B) without (B)’s consent, and (A) knows that:

  • (B) does not consent to being taken away or detained; or
  • (B) probably does not consent to being taken away or detained; and
  • Intends that:
  • (B) will take part in a sexual act with another person; or
  • Another person will marry (B) (whether or not (B) consents to being married).

Legislation

The section that covers this offence is section 47 of the Crimes Act 1958.

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?

If you are found guilty of Abduction or Detention for a Sexual Purpose, you will normally be sentenced to gaol.

Any sexual offence is a serious offence with severe penalties. If you have been accused, you need to know your rights as a defendant and evaluate your criminal defence options. Doogue + George Defence Lawyers has accredited criminal law specialists with a wealth of experience in defending sexual offence cases. Call us to discuss your case.

To know more, visit this page where this article was originally published: https://www.criminal-lawyers.com.au/offences/abduction-detention-for-sexual-purpose.



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