High school students are charged with felony sex crimes in Tennessee, a law enforcement official said Tuesday, as Tennessee’s governor is considering criminalizing the sexual conduct between students.
State lawmakers on Monday passed a bill that makes it a crime for any student who is under 18 to have sexual contact with another student.
The bill also prohibits the conduct between a student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense and anyone who has not been adjudicated by a judge to be incapable of consent.
It also allows for the imposition of civil penalties for students who violate the law.
Tennessee Attorney General Luther Strange has said the new law is needed to protect students from predatory behavior and has said he would consider a trial on a case of student sexual misconduct.
The governor has not indicated whether he would sign the bill into law.
Bill Haslam has not commented on the bill, but said earlier this month that it is necessary to ensure the safety of students in our schools.