Almost all sex crimes are felonies. There are a couple of lower level crimes, such as Sexual Battery, which is a misdemeanor. Sexual Battery is touching certain areas of the body of another person without their permission. But the battery stops at the touching and does not go further. Not to imply that “just touching” is nothing but rather that there is nothing more than touching that occurred. Child molestation (i.e. harassing a minor with some abnormal sexual interest) can also be charged as a misdemeanor. Statutory Rape is a wobbler – it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony – there are certain levels to it which have to do with the age difference between the older person and the younger person. Some of the most serious sex offenses are those that involve minors under the age of 14 – these are almost always charged as felonies and the majority of them cannot be expunged at a later date.
How Is A Sex Crime Determined To Be Either A Misdemeanor Or A Felony?