CEREMONY ON CAPITOL HILL HIGHLIGHTS SIGNING OF NEW LEGISLATION TO ADD THOSE WHO UNLAWFULLY PHOTOGRAPH A PERSON FOR SEXUAL GRATIFICATION TO THE STATE’S SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

Left to Right: Rob Mitchell, Jeff Peach, Jimmy Musice (TBI), Sen. Tracy, Pam Beck (TBI), Governor Haslam, Rep. Mike Sparks, Nathan Lee, Sen. Janice Bowling and Tom Hyde.

Left to Right: Rob Mitchell, Jeff Peach, Jimmy Musice (TBI), Sen. Tracy, Pam Beck (TBI), Governor Haslam, Rep. Mike Sparks, Nathan Lee, Sen. Janice Bowling and Tom Hyde.

NASHVILLE, (June 17, 2016) — Legislation to add those who unlawfully photograph a person for sexual gratification to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Sex Offender Registry was recently highlighted by Governor Bill Haslam at a ceremony on Capitol Hill marking the signing of the new law.

The measure, sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna), allows a judge to require, at their discretion, the defendant in a misdemeanor unlawful photographing in violation of privacy case to register as a sexual offender for up to ten years. This is in addition to the punishment already provided for the offense and requires that the judge take into account the facts and circumstances surrounding the offense when deciding upon the punishment.

“These offenders should most definitely be on the TBI Sex Offender Registry,” said Senator Tracy. “Such acts are inexcusable and should be treated as a sex crime that is punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

“I was proud to run this bill for TBI,” added Rep. Sparks. “I want to thank Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold and detectives John Liehr and Robert Monroe, as well as Smyrna town attorney and former detective Jeff Peach, for their input.”

The new law will take effect on July 1.



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