DE HB461 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)
Status: Introduced on June 12 2018 - 25% progression, died in committee
Action: 2018-06-12 - Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House
Pending: House Judiciary Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


Delaware law criminalizes therapeutic deception, a representation by the health professional that sexual contact by the health professional is consistent with or part of the patients treatment. This Act creates a felony level offense for a person that is a health professional and who, in the course of providing professional health services to the victim, intentionally has sexual contact with the victim. This would criminalize all sexual contact between a health professional and the health professionals patient. This Act makes this conduct a felony offense, rather than a misdemeanor, due to the vulnerability of the victim as a patient seeking services from a health professional.

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An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Unlawful Sexual Contact.



2018-06-12 Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

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