You may be charged with a sexual abuse charge, or you may be charged with other crimes. If the law had been changed in , however, he could be prosecuted. Sexual or intimate parts are not specifically defined, but include the vagina, penis, anus, rectum, buttocks, breasts, lips and mouth. If you are not prosecuted within the limitations period, then you can never be prosecuted. Statute of Limitations for Misdemeanors For most misdemeanors , the statute of limitations is one year. This is the case even though sexual abuse in the third degree and sexual abuse in the second degree are misdemeanors. For a misdemeanor sex crime conviction the probation is 6 years. Yes, in New York, there are time limitations on both when you can prosecute AND sue for sexual abuse. That's because a decade ago, New York's Legislature had the foresight to lift the criminal statutes of limitations on rape and other serious sex offenses, recognizing that DNA evidence made more feasible prosecutions once daunting past the five years set for other sex crimes. As a sex offender, you will be required to register with law enforcement regularly. Sexual abuse in the second degree. This means that if one wanted to directly sue the abuser for abuse suffered as a child, you would have one year from your 18th birthday to do it. Except as provided in paragraph b , this section applies to actions that were not time-barred before the effective date. So while it may have been lengthened in the time since, if the limitation ran out, it can NOT be reactivated. Each sexual abuse charge has two essential elements: Even though the prosecution has the burden of proving that you committed the crime, having evidence that you did not commit the crime, like photographs or receipts showing that you were somewhere else when the crime was committed, can save you a lot of time and money if you are accused. Having a criminal record with a sex crime conviction and being a registered sex offender will make many aspects of your life more challenging.