indecent assault

noun

Definition of indecent assault 

: an offensive sexual act or series of acts exclusive of rape committed against another person without consent

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Cosby originally faced a maximum 30-year sentence before O’Neill chose to merge the counts of aggravated indecent assault into one; prosecutors asked that O’Neill sentence him to the new maximum of five to 10 years. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Andrea Constand," 25 Sep. 2018 Bill Cosby's award was rescinded earlier this month following his conviction on indecent assault charges. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor," 24 May 2018 The defense immediately asked Judge Steven O’Neill to acquit Cosby and send jurors home, arguing that prosecutors hadn’t proved aggravated indecent assault charges. Michael R. Sisak, BostonGlobe.com, "Expert: Benadryl, quaaludes could’ve affected Cosby accuser," 20 Apr. 2018 Bill Cosby was found guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand: 'I was crying out inside' but 'couldn't do anything'," 31 May 2018 After less than two days of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict at 1:30 p.m.and determined Cosby was guilty on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "Cosby guilty: Jury rules comedian sexually assaulted Andrea Constand," 26 Apr. 2018 He was found guilty of 35 counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency. SI.com, "Former Newcastle Youth Coach George Ormond Jailed for Sexual Abuse Across 3 Decades," 4 July 2018 Bill Cosby's award was rescinded earlier this month following his conviction on indecent assault charges. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor," 24 May 2018 Bill Cosby's award was rescinded earlier this month following his conviction on indecent assault charges. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive the 2018 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor," 23 May 2018

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indecent assault

noun

English Language Learners Definition of indecent assault

law : the crime of touching someone sexually without that person's permission

indecent assault

noun
in·​de·​cent as·​sault | \(ˈ)in-ˈdēs-ᵊnt-ə-ˈsȯlt \

Medical Definition of indecent assault 

: an offensive sexual act or series of acts exclusive of rape committed against another person without consent

indecent assault

Legal Definition of indecent assault 

see assault

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