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Legal Statutes: Tennessee

UPDATED June 16, 2017

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Part 5. Sexual Offenses

back to top39-13-527. Authority figure; sexual battery; penalty

(a) Sexual battery by an authority figure is unlawful sexual contact with a victim by the defendant or the defendant by a victim accompanied by the following circumstances:

(1) The victim was, at the time of the offense, thirteen (13) years of age or older but less then eighteen (18) years of age; or

(2) The victim was, at the time of the offense, mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless, regardless of age; and,

(3)(A) The defendant was at the time of the offense in a position of trust, or had supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the defendant's legal, professional or occupational status and used the position of trust or power to accomplish the sexual contact; or

(B) The defendant had, at the time of the offense, parental or custodial authority over the victim and used the authority to accomplish the sexual contact.

(b) Sexual battery by an authority figure is a Class C felony.
1997 Pub.Acts, c. 256, § 1, eff. July 1, 1997; 1998 Pub.Acts, c. 1034, § 1, eff. May 18, 1998; 2005 Pub.Acts, c. 478, § 1, eff. July 1, 2005; 2006 Pub.Acts, c. 897, § 1, eff. July 1, 2006.