Connecticut Prohibited Consensual Sexual Activity Laws

All states have laws prohibiting forced or coerced sexual conduct, but most states also have restrictions against certain types of consensual sexual activities. In Connecticut, prohibited consensual sexual activity laws include bans on indecent exposure and public lewdness.

Consensual sexual activity is, for the most part, none of the state's business. Any kind of nonconsensual sex is a crime, though. Also, a Connecticut court has the power to enforce HIV testing of persons convicted of certain sexual offenses. The statute reads, in part, as follows:

  • "Sec. 54-102b. HIV testing of persons convicted of certain sexual offenses. [A] court entering a judgment of conviction or conviction of a child as delinquent ... or a violation ... involving a sexual act, shall, at the request of the victim of such crime, order that the offender be tested for the presence of the etiologic agent for acquired immune deficiency syndrome or human immunodeficiency virus and that the results be disclosed to the victim and the offender. The test shall be performed by or at the direction of the Department of Correction or, in the case of a child convicted as delinquent, at the direction of the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Department or the Department of Children and Families, in consultation with the Department of Public Health."

Review the following table to learn more about Connecticut' prohibited consensual sexual activity laws and see FindLaw's Sex Crimes section for related information.

Sodomy Laws Applicable to -
Penalty for Sodomy -
HIV Exposure and Compelled Testing for Offenders §54-102a A court may order HIV/AIDS testing of a person accused of a crime involving a sexual act
Other Crimes Relating to Consensual Sex Acts 53a-82 Prostitution: Class A misdemeanor
53a-181 Breach of peace: Class B misdemeanor
53a-181a Public disturbance: infraction 53a-182 Disorderly conduct: Class C misdemeanor
53a-182a Obstructing free passage: Class C misdemeanor
53a-186 Public indecency: Class B misdemeanor

Note: Although FindLaw makes an effort to keep its state laws summaries current, laws are constantly changing -- make sure you contact experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

If you have been arrested or are being investigated for a sex crime, contacting an attorney is always a good first step. Defendants who cannot afford to hire an attorney are entitled to representation by an attorney at criminal proceedings. You may contact the local public defender’s office.

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