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Aggravated sexual assault is a more serious form of sexual assault.
Charges are usually elevated to an aggravated offense if the assailant:
- Shows or uses a deadly weapon
- Causes severe physical injury or permanently harms the victim
- Acts with extreme indifference to human life during the assault
- Attempts to kill the victim or another person during the assault
- Is aided by or commits the assault with one or more people
- Assaults someone elderly, disabled, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Is a step-parent or guardian of the victim
- Has authority over the victim because of legal, professional, or occupational status
- Commits the assault during another felony