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Legal Statutes: Tennessee

UPDATED June 16, 2017

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Part 5. Sexual Offenses

back to top39-13-522. Rape of a child

(a) Rape of a child is the unlawful sexual penetration of a victim by the defendant or the defendant by a victim, if the victim is more than three (3) years of age but less than thirteen (13) years of age.

(b)(1) Rape of a child is a Class A felony.

(2)(A) Notwithstanding title 40, chapter 35, a person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished as a Range II offender; however, the sentence imposed upon such person may, if appropriate, be within Range III but in no case shall it be lower than Range II.

(B) Section 39-13-525(a) shall not apply to a person sentenced under this subdivision (b)(2).

(C) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the board of parole may require, as a mandatory condition of supervision for any person convicted under this section, that the person be enrolled in a satellite-based monitoring program for the full extent of the person's term of supervision consistent with the requirements of § 40-39-302.
1992 Pub.Acts, c. 878, § 1; 1997 Pub.Acts, c. 406, § 2, eff. July 1, 1997; 2005 Pub.Acts, c. 353, § 14, eff. June 7, 2005; 2006 Pub.Acts, c. 890, § 22, eff. July 1, 2006; 2007 Pub.Acts, c. 501, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007; 2011 Pub.Acts, c. 306, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2012.