There are a number of definitions for "gross sexual assault". It can be charged in numerous ways. Here are some of the most common ways.
Gross sexual assault is a sexual act that takes place as a result of compulsion. That means that the person conducting the sexual act has compelled that other person, by force generally, against their will to engage in this behavior. That is one way it can be charged. It can also be charged as a Class A Felony if some kind of drug or alcohol has been used to dull that person's senses so that they cannot give their consent or resist the sexual act.
If that person's mental capacity is impaired, not due to drugs or alcohol but because they have a mental disability, and the actor knows that, that is gross sexual assault.
Then of course there are situations in which the victim is of a certain age. If the victim is 12 years old or younger for example, that is a Class A Felony. These are things that are punishable by up to 30 years in prison, lifetime registration as a sex offender, and of course serious prison time and fines. These are serious charges, they require a serious defense because the stakes are so very high.
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