Sexual Battery is one of the harshest misdemeanors on the books in North Carolina. It involves sexual contact done for the purpose of sexual arousal or sexual gratification. The reason why it’s so harsh is because the defendant, if convicted, will need to register as a sex offender.
Here’s the statute:
N.C.G.S 14-27.5A. Sexual battery.
(a) A person is guilty of sexual battery if the person, for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, engages in sexual contact with another person:
(1) By force and against the will of the other person; or
(2) Who is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless, and the person performing the act knows or should reasonably know that the other person is mentally disabled, mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless.
(b) Any person who commits the offense defined in this section is guilty of a Class A1 misdemeanor.