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Tennessee Sexual Battery by an Authority Figure

By Baker Associates

Under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-527, sexual battery by an authority figure is considered a violent sexual offense, and is laid out as a separate offense from traditional sexual battery. In order to have a charge for sexual battery by an authority figure, an unlawful sexual contact must occurs, and the proper criteria must be satisfied for both the defendant and victim. With regards to the victim, one of two criteria must be satisfied in order to have a charge of sexual battery by an authority figure. Either the victim must, at the time of the offense, have been between the ages of 13 and 18, or the victim must, at the time of the offense, have been either mentally defective, incapacitated, or physically helpless. If the victim was deemed mentally or physically incapacitated, their age will be irrelevant...continue to full post

Full post as published by Tennessee Criminal Lawyer Blog on March 24, 2009 (boomark / email).

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