Parole officer would face felony for sexual contact with parolee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that would make it a felony for a parole officer to have sexual contact with a parolee is advancing in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Doug Jackson unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The Dickson Democrat said the legislation is needed because currently the stiffest penalty for such a violation by a parole officer is termination.

The companion bill is scheduled for the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

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