Child abuse is a serious crime in all 50 states, sometimes charged as child endangerment and/or assault and battery. Broadly defined as any type of cruelty visited upon a child, child abuse includes physical battery, mental or emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation, and sexual abuse. Most states, including Missouri, define the crime as an act or failure to act that.
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accepted for inclusion in Missouri Law Review by an authorized administrator of University of Missouri School of Law Scholarship Repository. Recommended Citation Thomas P. Dvorak,Missouri's Hearsay Exception Statute for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse: Upheld by the Missouri Supreme Court, 54 Mo. L. .
Child abuse is a very serious charge, one that can not only result in criminal or civil sanctions, but one which can lead to ostracism and loss of reputation. State laws on child abuse can be very difficult to apply in each situation, which is why anyone facing child abuse charges should consult a qualified local attorney as soon as possible.Author: Mark Theoharis.
Sexual misconduct in the third degree is defined as soliciting or requesting another person to engage in sexual conduct under circumstances where you know that the request is likely to cause offense or alarm. This is considered a Class C Misdemeanor, which carries a potential 15 day jail sentence. Ref: Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 566.