South Lake Tahoe Man Convicted of Lewd-Lascivious Acts with a Minor

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 12, 2016 / comments

On Friday July 8th 2016, RONALD WILLIAMS was arrested on felony charges listed as, "L&L ACTS W/CHILD:AGE SPEC."

On Friday July 8th 2016, The El Dorado County Superior Court in South Lake Tahoe sentenced 27 year old Ronald Scott Williams to three years in State Prison for violating Penal Code section 288 (C)(1) PC (Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Minor Aged 14 or 15).  


Penal Code 288 PC is a crime committed by touching a child somewhere on his/her body for sexual purposes. Justice officials sometimes refer to this offense as "lewd acts on a minor under 14" or "acts of lewd and lascivious conduct."

These cases typically involve accusations that the child was touched or fondled on a sexual organ, or that some overt act of child molestation took place.

However, one can be charged with lewd acts even if the touching was not on a sexual organ, and even if the touching was done over the child's clothes (rather than on the bare skin).

Examples of Lewd Acts on a Child
  • Dennis uses his finger to rub the vagina of his 9-year-old step-daughter
  • Sam, a 9th grade teacher, picks up one of his students and fondles her breast area from the outside of her clothes
  • Rudy's wife is babysitting a 7-year-old girl; Rudy takes the girl into a bedroom and kisses her stomach and thighs, causing him arousal
Penalties for Penal Code 288

If the child was under 14 years old:

  • Up to 8 years of California State Prison and a strike under California Three Strikes Law.
  • If force was used: up to 10 years of prison.
  • If there is a pattern of 3 or more incidents of lewd acts spanning a time of 3 months or greater: up to 16 years of .

If the child was 14 or 15, and the accused was at least 10 years older than the child:

  • Up to 3 years of prison.

If the minor was 16 or 17

If the minor was 16 or 17 years old, the case would be prosecuted as a statutory rape or a sexual battery.

Lifetime duty to register as a sex offender

And any Penal Code 288 conviction triggers a lifetime duty to register as a sex offender.