Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 568
Offenses Against the Family
Section 568.020

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Incest--penalty.

568.020. 1. A person commits the offense of incest if he or she marries or purports to marry or engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a person he or she knows to be, without regard to legitimacy, his or her:

(1) Ancestor or descendant by blood or adoption; or

(2) Stepchild, while the marriage creating that relationship exists; or

(3) Brother or sister of the whole or half-blood; or

(4) Uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the whole blood.

2. The offense of incest is a class E felony.

3. The court shall not grant probation to a person who has previously been found guilty of an offense under this section.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1979 S.B. 234, A.L. 2006 H.B. 1698, et al., A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Effective 1-01-17

CROSS REFERENCES:

Child abuse, definitions, actions for civil damages may be brought, when, 537.046

Conviction of offense, on release registration requirements and penalty for failure to comply (Megan's Law), 589.400 to 589.426

Until December 31, 2016--Incest.

568.020. 1. A person commits the crime of incest if he marries or purports to marry or engages in sexual intercourse or deviate sexual intercourse with a person he knows to be, without regard to legitimacy:

(1) His ancestor or descendant by blood or adoption; or

(2) His stepchild, while the marriage creating that relationship exists; or

(3) His brother or sister of the whole or half-blood; or

(4) His uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the whole blood.

2. Incest is a class D felony.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1979 S.B. 234, A.L. 2006 H.B. 1698, et al.)

Effective 6-05-06

*This section was amended by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17. Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.

CROSS REFERENCES:

Child abuse, definitions, actions for civil damages may be brought, when, 537.046

Conviction of offense, on release registration requirements and penalty for failure to comply (Megan's Law), 589.400 to 589.426


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