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Florida’s Laws on Sexual Crimes Against Children

Under Florida Law, lewd and lascivious battery occurs when a person 18 years of age or older, engages in sexual activity with a person 12 years of age or older, but less than 16 years of age; or encourages, forces, or entices any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity commits lewd or lascivious battery. Florida law defines sexual activity as oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another or the anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; however, sexual activity does not include an act done for a bona fide medical purpose. Lewd and lascivious battery is punishable as a felony of the second degree.… […]

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