An Overview Of Sex Crimes In The State Of Alabama

Interviewer: What are the different kinds of sex crimes that you work with?

Zach Peagler: Probably the most common offense that we have, the defendant has been charged with Community Notification Act violations, which typically have to do with the registration requirements placed on sex offenders. But the different types of sex crimes include from the worst: rape, down into sexual assault and then even misdemeanor offenses as well.

Indecent Exposure is Considered A Registerable Offense In Alabama

Interviewer: Could that include like public indecency or something along those lines maybe?

Zach Peagler: Indecent exposure is a registerable offense. You have to register if you’ve been convicted of indecent exposure, but there are some other registerable offenses that are misdemeanors as well.

The Difference Between Rape and Sexual Assault Charges

Interviewer: What are some of the differences between those because to the uneducated mind, someone who’s not really educated in the ways of law, that may sound the same?

Zach Peagler: Rape would usually involve the act of sexual intercourse in some way. Sexual assault can involve, not the act of actual intercourse but of committing some act for sexual gratification, but it doesn’t have to be intercourse.

Promoting Prostitution is a Registerable Offense Whereas Soliciting Prostitution is Not

Interviewer: Under the umbrella of sex crimes, would that include like soliciting prostitution or vice versa?

Zach Peagler: Promoting prostitution is a registerable offense, but soliciting prostitution is not. Registerable offenses include rape, sodomy, sexual misconduct. Promoting prostitution and then there’s certain obscenity statutes, such as incest, or an attempt to commit any of those that I’ve mentioned.

Being a Pimp is the Most Common Form of Promoting Prostitution in Alabama

Interviewer: What do they mean by promoting prostitution?

Zach Peagler: In the street slang, being a pimp would probably be the most common form of promoting prostitution. You’re essentially having prostitutes working for you and you’re holding yourself out as a service where people can come to get prostitutes.

Statutory Rape is Also an Example of a Registerable Offense in Alabama

Interviewer: What about when they talk about statutory rape? Is that also a registered offense?

Zach Peagler: Yes. That would be a registerable offense. Yeah, in Alabama. Obviously, there’s a statutory minimum for consent in Alabama, which is 18, depending on the age of the offender. It can be statutory rape for parties, if they’re under 21, there has to be a five year age difference between the offender and the victim. If they’re over 21, anybody under the age of 18 would constitute statutory rape.

Statutory Rape Offenders Are Registered the Same Way as Other Sex Offenders

Interviewer: Statutory rape, the people who have been convicted of that, they would have to register the same way that someone else would have to register as well. Is that correct?

Zach Peagler: Yes.

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