House Bill 461
149th General Assembly (2017 - 2018)
House Judiciary 6/12/18
The General Assembly has ended, the current status is the final status.
Rep. Briggs King
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO UNLAWFUL SEXUAL CONTACT.
Delaware law criminalizes “therapeutic deception,” a representation by the health professional that sexual contact by the health professional is consistent with or part of the patient’s treatment. This Act creates a felony level offense for a person that is a health professional and who, in the course of providing professional health services to the victim, intentionally has sexual contact with the victim. This would criminalize all sexual contact between a health professional and the health professional’s patient. This Act makes this conduct a felony offense, rather than a misdemeanor, due to the vulnerability of the victim as a patient seeking services from a health professional.
Takes effect upon being signed into law