In other states, the child molestation laws require there to be an intent to harm. However, in Arizona, this is not the case.
The laws on child molestation in Arizona are so broad that a parent changing a diaper could be prosecuted.
The law states - sexual contact is interpreted as “direct or indirect touching, fondling or manipulating” of a child’s genitals or private parts.
In a recent ruling, the Arizona Supreme court confirmed that proving intent was not necessary. As a result, it ruled that a parent changing a diaper or a physician conducting an examination could be charged with molestation under the current interpretation of the law, according to Opposing Views.
“When you have a statute that criminalizes such a broad set of behaviors that everybody’s a criminal, everybody who has changed a diaper, every physician or nurse who has examined the genitals of a child, that’s a huge problem,” defense attorney Russ Richelsoph told The Republic.
The court ruling said that it was the responsibility of the politicians to change the law.
“We agree that the criminal code should clearly differentiate between unlawful conduct and innocent, acceptable behavior without unnecessarily broadly sweeping the latter into the former,” the court opinion stated, The Republic reported.
Two other judges offered the same sentiment
“Parents and other caregivers who have changed an infant’s soiled diaper or bathed a toddler will be surprised to learn that they have committed a class 2 or 3 felony,” the judges argued.
Source: Opposing Views / Photo: Getty Images