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Note: Offenses under this article committed on or after October 1, 2007 will be charged under the new Article 120.

Text:

See Paragraph 60.

Elements.

(1) Physical contact.

(a) That the accused committed a certain act upon or with the body of a certain person;

(b) That the person was under 16 years of age and not the spouse of the accused;

(c) That the act of the accused was indecent;

(d) That the accused committed the act with intent to arouse, appeal to, or gratify the lust, passions, or sexual desires of the accused, the victim, or both; and

(e) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

(2) No physical contact.

(a) That the accused committed a certain act;

(b) That the act amounted to the taking of in-decent liberties with a certain person;

(c) That the accused committed the act in the presence of this person;

(d) That this person was under 16 years of age and not the spouse of the accused;

(e) That the accused committed the act with the intent to arouse, appeal to, or gratify the lust, passions, or sexual desires of the accused, the victim, or both; and

(f) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces.

Explanation.

(1) Consent. Lack of consent by the child to the act or conduct is not essential to this offense; consent is not a defense.

(2) Indecent liberties. When a person is charged with taking indecent liberties, the liberties must be taken in the physical presence of the child, but physical contact is not required. Thus, one who with the requisite intent exposes one's private parts to a child under 16 years of age may be found guilty of this offense. An indecent liberty may consist of communication of indecent language as long as the communication is made in the physical presence of the child.

(3) Indecent. See paragraph 89c and 90c.

Lesser included offenses.

(1) Article 134-indecent acts with another

(2) Article 128-assault; assault consummated by a battery

(3) Article 80-attempts

Maximum punishment. Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 7 years.

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Above Information from Manual for Court Martial, 2002, Chapter 4, Paragraph 87

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