Although penal code definitions of criminal sex offenses vary, most are conceptually similar and can be understood by analyzing their elements. This type of analysis is represented in the charts provided with this module. By following the charts and making a series of decisions, law enforcement investigators can determine not only which specific crime was committed but also frame the entire investigative strategy based on the defense that is most likely to be raised. Criminal sex offenses will thus be discussed conceptually in this module; this discussion must be supplemented with information from relevant penal code sections in your own jurisdiction.
Estimated time for completion: 5 hours