Failure to Report Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
A person is guilty of aggravated sexual assault if he or she performs acts of sexual assault on another person while in the process of committing another crime such as homicide, burglary, aggravated assault, or kidnapping. When the same scenario happens with a child and a person does not attempt to stop the act when he or she is able to or if he or she does not report the incident, the person can be charged with failure to stop or report aggravated sexual assault of a child.
It is up to the person who has witnessed the incident to try and stop any acts of aggravated assault or aggravated sexual assault of a child. Even if the actor will sustain some damages in the act of trying to free the child victim, she is required under law to help the child. If it can be proven that the actor would not suffer serious bodily injury or death, then he or she could be charged.
Failure to report the incident can be anything from failure to report the incident to authorities to failure to identify the perpetrator when he or she was aware who it is. If a crime goes unreported, the perpetrator may cause danger to more children in the future.
If you or someone you know has been accused of failure to stop or report aggravated sexual assault of a child, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000 to discuss the facts of your case.