Section 15-20A-6

Published: 2015

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Section 15-20A-6

Section 15-20A-6Allegation of sexual motivation.

(a) The prosecuting attorney may file an allegation of sexual motivation in any criminal case classified as a felony or Class A misdemeanor if sufficient admissible evidence exists that would justify a finding of sexual motivation by a reasonable and objective finder of fact.

(b) If the prosecuting attorney files an allegation of sexual motivation, the state shall prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the offense with a sexual motivation.

(c) The court shall make a written finding of fact, to be made part of the record upon conviction or adjudication as a youthful offender, of whether or not a sexual motivation was present at the time of the commission of the offense unless the defendant has a trial by jury.

(d) If a defendant has a trial by jury, the jury, if it finds the defendant guilty, shall also find a special verdict as to whether or not the defendant committed the crime with a sexual motivation.

(e) If there is a finding of sexual motivation, the finding shall be made part of the record of conviction or adjudication.

(f) For purposes of this section, sexual motivation means that one of the purposes for which the defendant committed the crime was for the purpose of the sexual gratification of the defendant.

(g) This section shall not apply to sex offenses as defined in subdivisions (1) to (38), inclusive, of Section 15-20A-5.

(Act 2011-640, p. 1569, §6.)