2002 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Williamson
AN ACT TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT; TO AMEND SECTION 45-33-23, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE REGISTRATION AS A SEX OFFENDER UPON A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) No person shall commit sexual misconduct upon any other person.
(a) "Sexual misconduct" means the intentional touching or feeling of the body or private parts of any person in a lewd and lascivious manner without the consent of that person or, in the case of a mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless person, with or without the person's consent.
(b) "Intentional touching or feeling of the body or private parts" means the direct or indirect touching, fondling or manipulating by any part of the defendant's body or by an object of a male's or female's genital area, anus, groin, inner thigh or buttocks, or a female's breast.
(2) Upon conviction for sexual misconduct, the defendant shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five (5) years in the custody of the Department of Corrections or a fine of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or both.
SECTION 2. Section 45-33-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
45-33-23. For the purposes of this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed herein unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(a) "Conviction" shall mean that, regarding the person's offense, there has been a determination or judgment of guilt as a result of a trialor the entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere regardless of whether adjudication is withheld. "Conviction of similar offenses" includes, but is not limited to, a conviction by a federal or military tribunal, including a court martial conducted by the Armed Forces of the United States, a conviction for an offense committed on an Indian Reservation or other federal property, and a conviction in any state of the United States.
(b) "Jurisdiction" shall mean any state court, federal court, military court or Indian tribunal.
(c) "Permanent residence" is defined as a place where the person abides, lodges, or resides for a period of fourteen (14) or more consecutive days.
(d) "Registration" means providing information to the appropriate agency within the timeframe specified as required by this chapter.
(e) "Registration duties" means obtaining the registration information required on the form specified by the department as well as the photograph, fingerprints, and biological sample of the registrant. Biological samples are to be forwarded to the State Crime Laboratory pursuant to Section 45-33-37; the photograph, fingerprints and other registration information are to be forwarded to the Department of Public Safety within three (3) days of registration.
(f) "Responsible agency" is defined as the person or government entity whose duty it is to obtain information from a criminal sex offender upon conviction and to transmit that information to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
(i) For a criminal sex offender being released from the custody of the Department of Corrections, the responsible agency is the Department of Corrections.
(ii) For a criminal sex offender being released from a county jail, the responsible agency is the sheriff of that county.
(iii) For a criminal sex offender being released from a municipal jail, the responsible agency is the police department of that municipality.
(iv) For a sex offender in the custody of youth court, the responsible agency is the youth court.
(v) For a criminal sex offender who is being placed on probation, including conditional discharge or unconditional discharge, without any sentence of incarceration, the responsible agency is the sentencing court.
(vi) For an offender who has been committed to a mental institution following an acquittal by reason of insanity, the responsible agency is the facility from which the offender is released. Specifically, the director of said facility shall notify the Department of Public Safety prior to the offender's release.
(vii) For a criminal sex offender who is being released from a jurisdiction outside this state or who has a prior conviction in another state and who is to reside in this state, the responsible agency is the Department of Public Safety.
(g) "Sex offense" means any of the following offenses:
(i) Section 97-3-53 relating to kidnapping, if the victim was below the age of eighteen (18);
(ii) Section 97-3-65 relating to rape; however, conviction or adjudication under Section 97-3-65(1)(a) on or after July 1, 1998, when the offender was eighteen (18) years of age or younger at the time of the alleged offense, shall not be a registrable sex offense;
(iii) Section 97-3-71 relating to rape and assault with intent to ravish;
(iv) Section 97-3-95 relating to sexual battery; however, conviction or adjudication under Section 97-3-95(1)(c) on or after July 1, 1998, when the offender was eighteen (18) years of age or younger at the time of the alleged offense, shall not be a registrable sex offense;
(v) Section 97-5-5 relating to enticing child for concealment, prostitution or marriage;
(vi) Section 97-5-23 relating to the touching of a child for lustful purposes;
(vii) Section 97-5-27 relating to the dissemination of sexually oriented material to children;
(viii) Section 97-5-33 relating to the exploitation of children;
(ix) Section 97-5-41 relating to the carnal knowledge of a stepchild, adopted child or child of a cohabiting partner;
(x) Section 97-29-59 relating to unnatural intercourse;
(xi) Section 97-1-7 relating to attempt to commit any of the above-referenced offenses;
(xii) Section 97-29-3 relating to adultery or fornication between teacher and pupil;
(xiii) A second or subsequent conviction under Section 1 of Senate Bill No. 2992, 2002 Regular Session, relating to sexual misconduct;
(xiv) Any other offense resulting in a conviction in another jurisdiction, whether state, federal or military, which, if committed in this state, would be deemed to be such a crime without regard to its designation elsewhere;
(xv) Any offense resulting in a conviction in another jurisdiction, whether state, federal or military, for which registration is required in the jurisdiction where the conviction was had.
(h) "Temporary residence" is defined as a place where the person abides, lodges, or resides for a period of fourteen (14) or more days in the aggregate during any calendar year and which is not the person's permanent address; for a person whose permanent residence is not in this state, the place where the person is employed, practices a vocation, or is enrolled as a student for any period of time in the state; or a place where a person routinely abides, lodges or resides for a period of four (4) or more consecutive or nonconsecutive days in any month and which is not the person's permanent residence.
(i) "Department" unless otherwise specified is defined as the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2002.