132 Sexual conduct with child under 12

(1)

Every one who has sexual connection with a child is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.

(2)

Every one who attempts to have sexual connection with a child is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.

(3)

Every one who does an indecent act on a child is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.

(4)

It is not a defence to a charge under this section that the person charged believed that the child was of or over the age of 12 years.

(5)

It is not a defence to a charge under this section that the child consented.

(6)

In this section,—

(a)

child means a person under the age of 12 years; and

(b)

doing an indecent act on a child includes indecently assaulting the child.

Section 132: replaced, on 20 May 2005, by section 7 of the Crimes Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 41).