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New law to punish adults who French kiss kids

Law passed almost unanimously
March 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Virginia state lawmakers have passed a law that would require any adult who French kisses a child younger than 13 to register as a sex offender. The measure makes tongue-kissing-a-child a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

The proposal passed the state legislature by a nearly unanimous vote. The only vote against it came from a delegate who had pushed for the crime to be classified as a felony. The bill now heads to Virginia's governor, who supports it.

The kissing law was introduced on behalf of a woman whose 10-year-old daughter was French-kissed by the 62-year-old husband of her babysitter.

The man was charged with a crime, but wasn't required to register as a sex offender.


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