TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 109A - SEXUAL ABUSE
Sec. 2242. Sexual abuse
Whoever, in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of
the United States or in a Federal prison, or in any prison,
institution, or facility in which persons are held in custody by
direction of or pursuant to a contract or agreement with the head
of any Federal department or agency, knowingly -
(1) causes another person to engage in a sexual act by
threatening or placing that other person in fear (other than by
threatening or placing that other person in fear that any person
will be subjected to death, serious bodily injury, or
(2) engages in a sexual act with another person if that other
person is -
(A) incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct; or
(B) physically incapable of declining participation in, or
communicating unwillingness to engage in, that sexual act;
or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and
imprisoned for any term of years or for life.
(Added Pub. L. 99-646, Sec. 87(b), Nov. 10, 1986, 100 Stat. 3621,
and Pub. L. 99-654, Sec. 2, Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3661; amended
Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXIII, Sec. 330021(1), Sept. 13, 1994, 108
Stat. 2150; Pub. L. 109-162, title XI, Sec. 1177(a)(3), Jan. 5,
2006, 119 Stat. 3125; Pub. L. 109-248, title II, Secs. 205, 207(2),
July 27, 2006, 120 Stat. 613, 615; Pub. L. 110-161, div. E, title
V, Sec. 554, Dec. 26, 2007, 121 Stat. 2082.)
Pub. L. 99-646 and Pub. L. 99-654 added identical sections 2242.
2007 - Pub. L. 110-161 substituted "the head of any Federal
department or agency" for "the Attorney General" in introductory
2006 - Pub. L. 109-248 inserted comma after "Attorney General" in
introductory provisions and substituted "and imprisoned for any
term of years or for life" for ", imprisoned not more than 20
years, or both" in concluding provisions.
Pub. L. 109-162 inserted "or in any prison, institution, or
facility in which persons are held in custody by direction of or
pursuant to a contract or agreement with the Attorney General"
after "in a Federal prison," in introductory provisions.
1994 - Par. (1). Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "kidnapping" for
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