Last week, a 34-year-old physician was arrested for allegedly committing the Nevada crime of sexual assault on a 68-year-old patient in a North Las Vegas hospital. The physician also faces a charge of open and gross lewdness. After posting bail, the doctor was released from jail.
Las Vegas Sexual Assault Charge
The Nevada crime of sexual assault (rape) occurs when someone has sexual penetration with another against his/her will. It's also considered rape if the victim isn't in the position to consent (such as by being asleep or under the influence of drugs or alcohol). The primary defense to rape charges is that the victim consented to the sex.
Penalties for the Nevada crime of sexual assault depend on the victim's age, whether the victim sustained substantial bodily harm, and the defendant's criminal history. For instance, a rape conviction involving a victim 16 years old or older with no substantial bodily harm carries life with the possibility of parole after 10 years. And a rape conviction involving a defendant who was convicted of rape before and who's charged with raping a victim younger than 16 carries life with no parole.
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