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Introduced Version House Bill 2524 History

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H. B. 2524


(By Delegates Boggs and Varner)

[Introduced February 21, 2005 ; referred to the

Committee on the Judiciary.]





A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-2-9c, relating to creating the criminal offense of harassment of a participant of a neighborhood crime watch; defining terms; and providing a criminal penalty.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-2-9c, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 2. CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON.

§61-2-9c. Harassment of a participant of neighborhood crime watch prohibited; definitions; penalty.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the following term and phrase mean as follows:
(1) "Harass" means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which is intended to cause emotional distress to the person while serving no legitimate purpose.
(2) "Organized neighborhood crime watch activity" means any prearranged event, meeting, or other scheduled activity, or neighborhood patrol, conducted by, or at the direction of a neighborhood crime watch organization.
(b) No person may willfully harass, threaten, or intimidate an identifiable member of a neighborhood crime watch organization while the member is engaged in, or traveling to or from, an organized neighborhood crime watch activity. Neither may any person harass, threaten, or intimidate a member who is participating in an ongoing criminal investigation, as confirmed by the law-enforcement agency conducting the investigation.
(c) Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be confined in jail no more than ninety days, or fined not more than five hundred dollars, or in the discretion of the court, confined and fined.



NOTE: The purpose of this section is to create the criminal offense of harassment of a participant of a neighborhood crime watch. Toward this purpose, the bill defines applicable terms and provides a criminal penalty.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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