Tennessee

Tennessee

  • 39-13-527

Sexual battery by an authority figure

 (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.

Sexual Assault By An Authority Figure

“Sexual battery by an authority figure” is a serious crime in the State of Tennessee, punishable by a lengthy prison sentence and steep fines. A wrongful accusation could leave your life in disarray and destroy your job prospects, personal relationships and your future. If you are facing a sex crime charge in the state of Tennessee, please call Baker Associates immediately to find out how we can help you.

Tennessee law (Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-527) defines “sexual battery by an authority figure” as unlawful sexual contact with a victim by the defendant (or the defendant by a victim) when accompanied by either of the following circumstances:

  • The victim was, at the time of the offense, 13 years of age or older, but less than 18 years old; or
  • The victim was, at the time of the offense, mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless regardless of his or her age; or
  • The defendant at the time of the offense was 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 that position of trust or power to accomplish the sexual contact; or
  • The defendant had at the time of the offense, parental or custodial authority over the victim and used that authority to accomplish the sexual contact.

Sexual battery by an authority figure in Tennessee is a Class C felony and is punishable by incarceration and a fine. These are extremely complicated cases and sometimes, can be hard to prove because of the lack of eyewitnesses or physical evidence. The evidence can be purely circumstantial in many cases. In fact, many of the sexual battery cases that we have handled involved allegations based upon manufactured and/or false evidence.

Tennessee § 39-13-527

Sexual battery by an authority figure

Current as of: 2010 |

(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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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