Sexual Offences Involving Minors



Although crime rates are down in general, sexual offences involving minors are on the increase.  Because of the proliferation of the Internet, new crimes now exist.  Conviction for a sexual offence involving minors carries a particularly egregious societal stigma and condemnation. In fact, these types of charges are amongst the most devastating a person can face.


This section will clarify the various sexual offences involving minors such as:

1. Sexual interference

2. Invitation to sexual touching

3. Sexual exploitation

4. Luring a child

5. Child pornography


Allegations of sexual offences involving minors, such as the possession or distribution of child pornography, can threaten your entire life.  Not only are the potential criminal penalties severe, but these allegations can also damage your reputation amongst friends, family members and co-workers.  Your access to a computer and even your ability to see your own children may also be in jeopardy.


Child pornography charges may involve the possession, distribution, production, or promotion of any obscene pictures or video involving minors engaging in sexually explicit content.  This could include cases involving two or three photographs to thousands of online photos.  A person who is 21 and takes a naked picture of a 16-year-old boyfriend or girlfriend could also face these charges.  Furthermore recent amendments to the Criminal Code have introduced mandatory minimum jail sentences.


In many cases, child pornography charges stem from police sting operations where web sites are monitored by law enforcement.  Police will generally seize the computer of the accused to view the files and sites that have been accessed.  Mr. Slimovitch will often work with computer experts to determine how the files were accessed, who accessed them, and whether there was really an intent to commit a crime.


In addition to child pornography there are several other sexual offences involving minor’s offences.  Below is a short summary of some of them.


1. Sexual interference

Sexual interference is the touching, for a sexual purpose, any part of the body of a person under the age of 16.


2. Invitation to sexual touching

Invitation to sexual touching is the inviting, counselling, or inciting a person, under the age of 16, to touch, the body of any person.


3. Sexual exploitation

Sexual exploitation can summarily be explained as someone who is in a position of trust or authority towards a young person, who “Sexually interferes” or “Invites to sexual touch” a young person.

4. Luring a child

Luring a child is the telecommunicating with a person under the age of 18 for the purpose of committing a “sexual offense”.


Sexual interference, Invitation to sexual touching, Sexual exploitation, and Child luring carry in the least serious cases, an obligatory minimum prison sentence of 90 days, and in more serious cases a prison term that can be for numerous years.


If you are facing charges of this nature it is essential that you hire a lawyer dedicated to confidentially and professionalism and capable of navigating the complexities of such a case.


Steven Slimovitch has extensive experience with this very difficult area of the law.  He is adept at defending these cases in every available way that can include attacks on the legality of search warrants among other defences.


Where a client admits to being involved in a sexual offence involving minors offence, Mr. Slimovitch works with the best and most experienced psychologists, psychiatrists and counsellors who assist his clients in diagnosing and treating paedophilia.  Often, this expertise and his attention to every detail, is the difference between a crippling prison sentence, and a genuine opportunity for rehabilitation.


Steven Slimovitch can help you defend your rights and protect your interests after being investigated for or arrested on sex related offences.  He understands that these charges essentially put life as you knew it, on the line, and he uses his many years of experience to build an effective defence.

5. Child Pornography

It is a criminal offense (often punishable by severe prison terms) to make, distribute, possess or even accessing child pornography. But what exactly is child pornography? Essentially four types of child pornography exist. Child pornography can either be:


· a visual representation for example a video) , which shows a person who is or is depicted as being under the age of eighteen years and is engaged in or is depicted as engaged in explicit sexual activity, or, where the dominant characteristic of which is the depiction, for a sexual purpose, of a sexual organ or the anal region of a person under the age of eighteen years;


· written material, visual representation or audio recording that advocates or counsels sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years that would be an offence under the Criminal Code;


· written material whose dominant characteristic is the description, for a sexual purpose, of sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years that would be an offence under the Criminal Code; or


· an audio recording that has as its dominant characteristic the description, presentation or representation, for a sexual purpose, of sexual activity with a person under the age of eighteen years that would be an offence under the Criminal Code


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