Representative David Byrd District 71 Capitol Hill Update


December 3, 2020

New laws strengthen penalties against child sex offenders – Public Chapter 588 was passed this year strengthening Tennessee’s statutes against the “worst of the worst” child sex offenders. Previously, sex offenders could be charged with aggravated rape of a child if their victim was zero to three years old. Beginning July 1, the new law raised that age range to zero to eight years old.

Under recent legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2019, aggravated rape of a child is a Class A felony offense which is automatically punishable by life imprisonment without the possibilit...

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