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H. B. 2598


(By Delegates Perry, Stemple, Howard and Pino)
[Introduced
February 23, 2005 ; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §61-2-9a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to creating the misdemeanor crime of stalking correctional officers by former inmates; and criminal penalty.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §61-2-9a
of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON.

§61-2-9a. Stalking; harassment; penalties; definitions.

(a) Any person who willfully and repeatedly follows and harasses a person with whom he or she has or in the past has had or with whom he or she seeks to establish a personal or social relationship, whether or not the intention is reciprocated, a member of that person's immediate family, his or her current social companion, his or her professional counselor or attorney, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be incarcerated imprisoned in the county or regional jail for not more than six months or fined not more than one thousand dollars, or both fined and imprisoned.
(b) Any person who willfully and repeatedly follows and makes a credible threat against a person with whom he or she has or in the past has had or with whom he or she seeks to establish a personal or social relationship, whether or not the intention is reciprocated, or against a member of that person's immediate family, his or her current social companion, his or her professional counselor or attorney with the intent to place or placing him or her in reasonable apprehension that he or she or a member of his or her immediate family will suffer death, sexual assault, kidnaping, bodily injury or battery is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be incarcerated imprisoned in the county or regional jail for not more than six months or fined not more than one thousand dollars, or both fined and imprisoned.
(c) Any person who repeatedly harasses or repeatedly makes credible threats against a person with whom he or she has, or in the past has had or with whom he or she seeks to establish a personal or social relationship, whether or not the intention is reciprocated, or against a member of that person's immediate family, his or her current social companion, his or her professional counselor or attorney, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be incarcerated imprisoned in the county or regional jail for not more than six months or fined not more than one thousand dollars, or both fined and imprisoned.
(d) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, any person who violates the provisions of subsection (a), (b) or (c) of this section in violation of an order entered by a circuit court, magistrate court or family law master, in effect and entered pursuant to part 48-5-501, et seq, part 48-5-601, et seq. or 48-27-403 of this code is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be incarcerated imprisoned in the county jail for not less than ninety days nor more than one year or fined not less than two thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars, or both fined and imprisoned.
(e) A second or subsequent conviction for a violation of this section occurring within five years of a prior conviction is a felony punishable by incarceration imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than five years or fined not less than three thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars, or both fined and imprisoned.
(f) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, any person against whom a protective order is in effect pursuant to the provisions of 48-27-403 of this code who has been served with a copy of said order or 48-27-501 of this code who is convicted of a violation of the provisions of this section shall be is guilty of a felony and punishable by incarceration imprisonment in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more than five years or fined not less than three thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars, or both fined and imprisoned.
(g) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, any person who is a former inmate of a jail or state correctional facility, and who willfully and repeatedly follows and harasses a person who was employed at the jail or state correctional facility as a correctional officer at the time the inmate was imprisoned at the facility; or a person with whom the present or former officer seeks to establish a personal or social relationship, whether or not the intention is reciprocated; or a member of the present or former officer's immediate family; or the present or former officer's current social companion, professional counselor or attorney; is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned in jail for not more than six months or fined not more than one thousand dollars, or both fined and imprisoned.
(g) (h) For the purposes of this section:
(1) "Harasses" means willful conduct directed at a specific person or persons which would cause a reasonable person mental injury or emotional distress;
(2) "Credible threat" means a threat of bodily injury made with the apparent ability to carry out the threat and with the result that a reasonable person would believe that the threat could be carried out;
(3) "Bodily injury" means substantial physical pain, illness or any impairment of physical condition; and
(4) "Immediate family" means a spouse, parent, stepparent, mother-in-law, father-in-law, child, stepchild, sibling, or any person who regularly resides in the household or within the prior six months regularly resided in the household.
(h) (i) Nothing in this section shall may be construed to prevent lawful assembly and petition for the redress of grievances, including, but not limited to: Any labor dispute; demonstration at the seat of federal, state, county or municipal government; activities protected by the West Virginia Constitution or the United States Constitution or any statute of this State or the United States.
(i) (j) Any person convicted under the provisions of this section who is granted probation or for whom execution or imposition of a sentence or incarceration imprisonment is suspended is to have as a condition of probation or suspension of sentence that he or she participate in counseling or medical treatment as directed by the court.
(j) (k) Upon conviction, the court may issue an order restraining the defendant from any contact with the victim for a period not to exceed ten years. The length of any restraining order shall be based upon the seriousness of the violation before the court, the probability of future violations, and the safety of the victim or his or her immediate family. The duration of the restraining order may be longer than five years only in cases when a longer duration is necessary to protect the safety of the victim or his or her immediate family.
(k) (l) It is a condition of bond for any person accused of the offense described in this section that the person is to have no contact, direct or indirect, verbal or physical, with the alleged victim.
(l) (m) Nothing in this section may be construed to preclude a sentencing court from exercising its power to impose home confinement with electronic monitoring as an alternative sentence.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create the misdemeanor crime of stalking correctional officers by former inmates.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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