Effective 5/14/2019 76-5-404 Forcible sexual abuse. (1) An individual commits forcible sexual abuse if the victim is 14 years of age or older and, under
circumstances not amounting to rape, object rape, forcible sodomy, or attempted rape or forcible sodomy, the actor touches the anus, buttocks, pubic area, or any part of the genitals of another, or touches the breast of a female, or otherwise takes indecent liberties with another, with intent to cause substantial emotional or bodily pain to any individual or with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any individual, without the consent of the other, regardless of the sex of any participant.
(2) Forcible sexual abuse is: (a) except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), a felony of the second degree, punishable by a term
of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 15 years; or (b) except as provided in Subsection (3), a felony of the first degree, punishable by a term of
imprisonment for 15 years and which may be for life, if the trier of fact finds that during the course of the commission of the forcible sexual abuse the defendant caused serious bodily injury to another.
(3) If, when imposing a sentence under Subsection (2)(b), a court finds that a lesser term than the term described in Subsection (2)(b) is in the interests of justice and states the reasons for this finding on the record, the court may impose a term of imprisonment of not less than:
(a) 10 years and which may be for life; or (b) six years and which may be for life.
(4) Imprisonment under Subsection (2)(b) or (3) is mandatory in accordance with Section 76-3-406.
Amended by Chapter 189, 2019 General Session