State v. Barnett, 245 N.C. App. 101 (Jan. 19, 2016)

rev’d in part on other grounds, 369 N.C. 298 (Dec. 21, 2016)

The trial court erroneously concluded that attempted second-degree rape is an aggravated offense for purposes of lifetime SBM and lifetime sex offender registration. Pursuant to the statute, an aggravated offense requires a sexual act involving an element of penetration. Here, the defendant was convicted of attempted rape, an offense that does not require penetration and thus does not fall within the statutory definition of an aggravated offense.