Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for California

Q: Did this person violate PC 243.4 Sexual Battery, PC 288 Lewd Acts with a Minor Child Under 14, or PC 647.6 Annoy child?

In a reddit post related to legal questions, there appears to be a person, who obsessively imagines questionable stuff.

According to him: He lives in northern CA. While he was jogging across a bridge which had a family (parent and 4 small kids) sitting on the bridge, he imagined that he was crossing the bridge with the intent of causing bridge vibrations on the 4 kids & parent for sexual gratification. His real reason for crossing the bridge was for exercise, and the bridge does indeed vibrate as people walk across it. These vibrations do pass through everyone (and the family) on the bridge. He also said he had no desire/intent for any sexual gratification nor arousal and that imagination he had was just a random thought as he approached and passed by the family. He never laid a hand on them, nor wielded an object to touch them.

2 questions

Does causing vibrations on the ground beneath count as 'touching'?

And did he violate any of the statues listed above in the title?

3 Lawyer Answers
David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr
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  • Ventura, CA
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A: No. No.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: NO

however, i suspect there is more to it

William John Light
William John Light
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  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: We are not here to volunteer our time to answer hypothetical child sexual abuse questions. If you have a real problem, post a real question.

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