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Push for new definition of sexual contact to protect animals

March 19, 2020 GMT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors have called on Connecticut lawmakers to clarify how the state defines sexual contact following the dismissal of sexual assault charges earlier this month.

Litchfield Superior Court Judge John Danaher dismissed charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting a dog on March 2 after his defense attorney argued that state law stipulates that sexual contact refers to contact with a human being, the New Haven Register reported Wednesday.

Prosecutors argued that state law was intended to be interpreted as making sexual contact with an animal illegal.

Danaher said that under state law sexual contact with an animal is a fourth-degree sexual assault. However, he ruled that the definition of sexual contact as referring to contact with a person could not be interpreted as including animals.

The General Assembly might not meet again until April due to the coronavirus outbreak.