Can a defendant be punished separately for multiple sex crimes, even if they occur at the same time?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Langarica, C069062 (Cal. App. 2014):

Multiple sex crimes, even identical ones, can be separately punished where a defendant renews assaultive behavior after even a brief interruption. (People v. Harrison (1989) 48 Cal.3d 321, 337-338.) In this case, the wife testified that the men removed her nightgown and repeatedly touched her breasts before they arrived at her husband's

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