AN ACT TO PROTECT NORTH CAROLINA'S STUDENTS BY INCREASING THE CRIMINAL PENALTY FOR THE COMMISSION OF CERTAIN SEX OFFENSES COMMITTED AGAINST A STUDENT BY A PERSON WHO IS SCHOOL PERSONNEL AND TO ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION TO OBTAIN A LIST OF STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES AT THE INSTITUTION WHO ARE REGISTERED AS SEX OFFENDERS.
Provides that the bill can be cited as “Protect Our Students Act”.
Amends GS 14-27.7(b), concerning sexual offenses involving defendants who are teachers, school administrators, student teachers, school safety officers, coaches, or other school personnel that are less than four years older than the victim, providing that such defendants that engage in vaginal intercourse or other sexual acts with a student victim are guilty of a Class I felony (was, Class A1 misdemeanor).
Amends GS 14-202.4(a) to provide that defendants that are teachers, school administrators, student teachers, school safety officers, coaches at any age, or other school personnel that are at least four years older than a student victim, and at any time during or after the time the defendant and victim were present in the same school but before the victim ceases to be a student, and took indecent liberties with the victim are guilty of a Class H felony (was, Class I felony).
Amends GS 14-202.4(b) to provide that defendants who are school personnel, other than a teacher, school administrator, student teacher, school safety officer, or coach, and is less than four years older than the student victim and takes indecent liberties, are guilty of a Class I felony (was, Class AI misdemeanor).
Enacts new GS 14-208.15(c) which directs the Sheriff of any county, upon the request of an institution of higher education, to provide a report containing sex offender registry information for any registrant that has stated that they are a student or employee, or expected to become such, of that higher education institution. Directs the Department of Public Safety to provide each sheriff with the ability to generate the above report from the statewide registry, electronically and without charge. Allows the institution of higher education to receive a written report for reasonable duplication and mailing costs.
Effective December 1, 215, with the new criminal penalties applying to offenses committed on or after that date.
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