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Legal Statutes: Tennessee

UPDATED June 16, 2017

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Part 5. Sexual Offenses

back to top39-13-502. Aggravated rape

(a) Aggravated rape is unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or the defendant by a victim accompanied by any of the following circumstances:

(1) Force or coercion is used to accomplish the act and the defendant is armed with a weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe it to be a weapon;

(2) The defendant causes bodily injury to the victim;

(3) The defendant is aided or abetted by one (1) or more other persons; and

(A) Force or coercion is used to accomplish the act; or

(B) The defendant knows or has reason to know that the victim is mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless.

(b) Aggravated rape is a Class A felony.
1989 Pub.Acts, c. 591, § 1; 1990 Pub.Acts, c. 980, § 3; 1992 Pub.Acts, c. 878, § 3.