- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A recent Arizona Supreme Court ruling says the state’s child molestation law doesn’t take intent into account, meaning it could apply to changing a diaper or bathing a toddler.

The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/2d20i6l ) that the law defines child molestation as any direct or indirect touching of a child’s genitals or private parts.

Many states have an additional clause requiring the touch to be intended to harm, violate or arouse. Arizona does not.

Defense attorney Russ Richelsoph says the court’s interpretation of the law is concerning and condemns parents, physicians and nurses as criminals.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery disagrees, saying the law has been around for more than 30 years and he’s never heard of a parent being prosecuted for properly changing a diaper.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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