A Utah man has had two sexual battery charges filed against him in the case involving suspected gropings of female students on the BYU campus.
Just Out for a Jog?
Police think the man, Nathan Eric Fletcher, would dress in athletic wear and touch women’s breasts or buttocks as he jogged past the women. Police also noted that Fletcher has been aware that he was under investigation for the crimes.
There have been a total of 16 reported gropings, although at this point in time only two criminal charges were filed. Sexual battery in this case is a class A misdemeanor.
What is Sexual Battery?
Sexual battery can be charged if a person intentionally touches (whether or not through clothing) a person’s:
* any part of the other person’s genitals
* a female’s breast
while knowing that their actions will likely cause affront or alarm. Other crimes such as rape, object rape, aggravated sexual assault and so forth, are not considered sexual battery and are charged differently.
If a person is found guilty of a class A misdemeanor, he or she may be sentenced to up to one year in jail. Anytime someone is charged with multiple counts of the same crime, he faces the possibility of serving consecutive or concurrent sentences.
Consecutive sentences are served one after the other, while concurrent sentences are served at the same time.
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