Sex crime convictions can have serious consequences in the state of Tennessee. Therefore, it is very important that your sex crime charge be dealt with swiftly, yet cautiously and judiciously, in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
In the state of Tennessee it is a crime for any person over the age of 18, to use any means of communication – be it oral, written or electronic – to try and persuade another individual under 18 to engage in a sexual act enumerated in state code. There are nine enumerated sexual acts, which are: rape of a child, aggravated rape, rape, aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery by an authority figure, sexual battery, statutory rape, especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, and sexual activity involving a minor.
With regard to the latter category, sexual activity includes any of the following acts:
It is important to note that the solicited sexual act need not be completed or successful for the defendant to be charged with the crime of solicitation. Even if the alleged victim denies the defendant's advances, he or she may still be charged.
Punishment for solicitation is a grade lower than the punishment for the attempted sexual act. For example, solicitation of a minor to engage in activity that would have satisfied the requirement for rape, which is a Class B felony, would result in a Class C felony charge.
Tennessee law also makes it a separate crime to solicit a minor to observe sexual conduct. Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-529 states: "It is an offense for a person 18 years of age or older, by means of oral, written or electronic communication, electronic mail or Internet service, including webcam communications, directly or through another, to intentionally command, hire persuade, induce or cause a minor to engage in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity." This is a Class B felony.
It is also illegal for a person over the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity or provide sexual materials for purposes of being viewed by a person under the age of 18. This is a Class E felony. If the victim was under the age of 13, then it is a Class C felony.
If you are facing sex crime charges in Tennessee, please contact a skilled Knoxville sexual crime defense attorney at Baker Associates. These are complex cases involving complicated charges and accusations. It would be in your best interest to consult with a skilled sex crime defense attorney who can help your case and prepare a solid defense strategy. Call us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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