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Your child could face charges for sexual assault/battery (CA Penal Code 243.4) if the DA determines the contact involved touching the intimate part of another person for purposes of sexual gratification, arousal, or abuse. This is generally a misdemeanor
, but it could be charged as a felony and in either case it would cause your child to have to register as a sex offender. Alternatively, he could be charged with simple assault/battery, which is also a misdemeanor in this type of case and would also have a punishment of up to 12 months in juvenile
detention, but it does not carry a requirement for registration as a sex offender.
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