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18 U.S.C. § 13 - The Assimilative Crimes ActThe Assimilative Crimes Act provides federal jurisdiction over lesser crimes committed in Indian Country that are not defined by federal law (for example the crime of indecent exposure). The Assimilative Crimes Act borrows state criminal law and applies it through federal law to Indian Country. Thus, under this Act, a perpetrator is charged with a federal offense and is tried in federal court, but the crime itself is defined and the perpetrator's sentence are provided by state law.
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18 U.S.C. § 921 - Definitions - The Federal Criminal Firearms ActThis statute contains definitions which clarify The Federal Criminal Firearms Laws
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18 U.S.C. § 922 - The Gun Control ActThis statute is commonly referred to us the Gun Control Act. Under this Act, certain categories of people are not allowed to possess ship, transport, or receive a firearm. These categories include any person: (1) under indictment or information in any court for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; (2) convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; (3) who is a fugitive from justice; (4) who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance; (5) who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution; (6) who is an illegal alien; (7) who has been discharged from the military under dishonorable conditions; (8) who has renounced his or her United States citizenship; (9) who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner; or (1) who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. It is also illegal to transfer a firearm to somebody who falls into one of the aforementioned categories. NICCSA
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18 U.S.C. § 1169 - Reporting of Child AbuseThis statute is a mandatory reporting statute. This statute imposes a federal duty to report child abuse or suspected child abuse in Indian Country. Failure to comply with this statute can result in federal incarceration.
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18 U.S.C. § 2241 -Federal Aggravated Sexual Abuse LawUnder the federal Sexual Abuse law, a perpetrator in Indian Country can be convicted of a federal offense if he: (1) causes another person to engage in a sexual act by threatening or placing that other person in fear or (2) engages in a sexual act with another person if that other person is either incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct physically incapable of declining participation in sexual act. Any person convicted under this law can be sentenced to lifetime imprisonment.
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18 U.S.C. § 2242 - Sexual Abuse LawUnder the federal Sexual Abuse law, a perpetrator in Indian Country can be convicted of a federal offense if he: (1) causes another person to engage in a sexual act by threatening or placing that other person in fear or (2) engages in a sexual act with another person if that other person is either incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct physically incapable of declining participation in sexual act. Any person convicted under this law can be sentenced to lifetime imprisonment.
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18 U.S.C. § 2243 - Sexual Assault of a Minor or WardUnder the federal Abusive Sexual Contact law, a perpetrator in Indian Country can be convicted of a federal offense if he knowingly engages in sexual contact with a victim, if so to do would violate a number of predetermined circumstances. Depending upon which section of this law the perpetrator violates, he can be sentenced up to life imprisonment in the federal penitentiary.
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18 U.S.C. § 2244 - Abusive Sexual Contact
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Offenses Ending in DeathUnder this federal law, a perpetrator in Indian Country can be sentenced to life imprisonment or the death penalty if he sexually abuses the victim and the victim dies as a result of the attack.
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18 U.S.C. § 2247 - Repeat OffendersThis federal law requires that repeat perpetrators of sexual abuse must be sentenced to twice the amount of incarceration than otherwise provided within the federal code.
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