Indecent Treatment of Children under 16

It is an offence under section 210 of the Criminal Code to indecently deal with a child under the age of 16 years. There are a number of variations to this offence, each with varying elements and penalties. These include allowing oneself to be indecently dealt with by someone under 16 years of age, and showing or taking photographs of a child under the age of 16.

There is a range of maximum penalties that change according to the circumstances of the crime. If the child is of or above the age of 12 years, the maximum penalty is 14 years imprisonment. If the child is under 12, the maximum penalty is 20 years imprisonment. The maximum penalty is also 20 years imprisonment if the victim was the offender’s lineal descendant, or the victim was in the offender’s care at the time, or the victim had an impairment of the mind.

Robertson O’Gorman represents people charged with sexual offences. Call us today on 3034 0000.