Definition of gross indecency in English:

gross indecency


mass nounLaw
  • A term formerly used to denote certain criminal offences, in particular sexual activity between men (before this was decriminalized) and sexual offences against children.

    ‘he was charged with gross indecency’
    • ‘He imposed an additional sentence for gross indecency and taking indecent photographs.’
    • ‘He was convicted of four counts of inciting children on a bus to commit acts of gross indecency.’
    • ‘He has been cleared of gross indecency with a seven-year-old girl.’
    • ‘He denied 23 counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.’
    • ‘He was sentenced to five years on each of the two convictions for gross indecency, with four years of each sentence suspended.’