Public Chapter 388

SENATE BILL NO. 281

By Haun

Substituted for: House Bill No. 1843

By Davis

AN ACT To amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39 and Title 41, relative to prisoners.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 41, Chapter 21, is amended by adding the following as a new section to be appropriately designated:

Section ___. (a) It is an offense for a law enforcement officer or a correctional officer to voluntarily engage in sexual contact or sexual penetration, as such terms are defined in Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-13-501, with a prisoner or inmate who is in custody at a penal institution as defined in Section 39-16-601.

(b) A violation of this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July 1, 1997, the public welfare requiring it.