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November 5, 2021

39-13-531. Aggravated rape of a child

(a) Aggravated 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 eight (8) years of age or less.

(b) Aggravated rape of a child is a Class A felony and shall be punished as follows:

(1) If the defendant was a juvenile at the time of the commission of the offense, then the sentence must be from within Range III, as set forth in title 40, chapter 35; and

(2) If the defendant was an adult at the time of the commission of the offense, then the sentencing provisions of title 40, chapter 35, apply except:

(A) A sentencing hearing shall not be conducted as required by § 40-35-209; and(B) After a defendant is found guilty of aggravated rape of a child, the judge shall sentence the defendant to imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole.

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