Tennessee lawmakers passed law last week to protect victims of aggravated legal rape and legal rape by a person in authority in the House of Representatives.
House Bill 326 adds exacerbated legal rape and legal rape by a person of authority to the list of crimes for which a perpetrator is prohibited from custody or inheritance in relation to a child born as a result of the crime and for which a visit is planned The other parent’s desire to be conditioned. The Tennessee General Assembly provides additional protection for rape victims
The current law removes parental rights from a rapist convicted of a crime. This legislation removes parental rights from a rapist who has been convicted of a minor offense, or pleads guilty, or does not challenge.
House Bill 326 protects a child from a questionable outcome in a custody battle by giving the rape victim and the rape child the power to decide if and when a child will be around the father.
As of Monday, the bill is on its way to Governor Bill Lee for his signature. The amendment to the law will come into force after it has been signed.
House Bill 0326 states:
Child custody and maintenance – Removes, as introduced, the custody, visitation, or inheritance rights of a parent convicted of aggravated legal rape, legal rape by a person of authority, or less rape offenses from which the child was conceived. – Changes TCA title 36, chapter 6.
Current law prohibits any person convicted of aggravated rape, rape or rape of a child by virtue of which a child has criminal custody or inheritance rights over that child. In addition, such a person is generally prohibited from having visiting rights in relation to the child unless the other parent waives protection in relation to visits and asks the court to grant the child adequate visiting rights if the paternity occurs was recognized.
This bill adds aggravated statutory rape and statutory rape by a person of authority to the list of crimes for which the perpetrator is banned from custody or inheritance rights in relation to a child born as a result of the crimeand for which each visit is made dependent on the waiver and request of the other parent. This bill also provides for the prohibition of custody and inheritance, as well as the conditions for granting a visit to an individual originally charged with aggravated rape, rape, rape of a child, aggravated legal rape, or legal rape by a person of authority, professes but guilty or denies no less involved crime.
Source: Partner Station WMSR
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