Code of the District of Columbia

§ 22–3003. Second degree sexual abuse.

A person shall be imprisoned for not more than 20 years and may be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, if that person engages in or causes another person to engage in or submit to a sexual act in the following manner:

(1) By threatening or placing that other person in reasonable fear (other than by threatening or placing that other person in reasonable fear that any person will be subjected to death, bodily injury, or kidnapping); or

(2) Where the person knows or has reason to know that the other person is:

(A) Incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct;

(B) Incapable of declining participation in that sexual act; or

(C) Incapable of communicating unwillingness to engage in that sexual act.


(May 23, 1995, D.C. Law 10-257, § 202, 42 DCR 53; June 3, 1997, D.C. Law 11-275, § 13(b), 44 DCR 1408; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 232(b), 60 DCR 2064.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 22-4103.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 22-4001, § 23-113, § 24-112, and § 24-403.01.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 substituted “not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01” for “in an amount not to exceed $200,000” in the introductory paragraph.

Cross References

Sentencing, supervised release, and good time credit for felonies under this section committed on or after August 5, 2000, see § 24-403.01.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 232(b) of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.