Missouri State Senate

Introduced

SB 321 - This act creates the offense of unlawful contact with a victim of a sexual offense.

A registered sex offender commits the offense by knowingly having direct or indirect contact with a victim of the offense for which he or she is required to register for the purpose of harassing or disturbing the victim.

Harassing or disturbing is defined under current law in another statute as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that serves no legitimate purpose, that would cause a reasonable person under the circumstances to be frightened, intimidated, or emotionally distressed.

Violation of unlawful contact with a victim of a sexual offense is a Class C felony until December 31, 2016, and a Class D felony beginning January 1, 2017.

MEGHAN LUECKE

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