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Tennessee Sexual Battery and Aggravated Sexual Battery

By Baker Associates

Sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery both involve unlawful sexual contact between a defendant and victim. ?Unlawful sexual contact? is defined in Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-501 as the intentional touching of intimate parts, or of the clothing covering the immediate area of a person's intimate parts, for sexual gratification. Sexual battery (Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-505) involves unlawful sexual contact that occurs in one of four situations. First, sexual battery occurs when force or coercion is used to accomplish the contact, with coercion being the threat of kidnapping, extortion, or violence. Second, sexual battery occurs when contact was made without the consent of the victim. Third, sexual battery occurs when the defendant knew or should have known that the victim was mentally incapacitated or physically helpless...continue to full post

Full post as published by Tennessee Criminal Lawyer Blog on March 18, 2009 (boomark / email).

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