House Bill 461

149th General Assembly (2017 - 2018)

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House Judiciary 6/12/18
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6/12/18
Sen. Walsh
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.
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