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Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009

Section 27 – Belief that a child has attained the age of 13 years

77.Section 27 provides that it shall not be defence to a charge of a sexual offence against a young child, under sections 18 to 26 of the Bill, that the accused believed that the young child was aged 13 years or over.

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