Sexual interference is the crime of touching with a part of the body, or an object, any part of the body of a person under the age of 16 years old for a sexual purpose. The wording of this section is very broad and is designed to capture a wide range of conduct. In fact, there does not even have to be direct touching for this charge to be made out.

Sexual interference can only be made out if it is proven that the complainant was under 16 years of age and that the accused knew they were a minor. It is a defence to this charge if the accused did not know and had taken some reasonable steps to determine if the complainant was under the age of 16.

If convicted, there are are mandatory terms of jail associated with the charge.

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