Law to prosecute for kissing a minor

March 10, 2008 7:43:22 AM PDT
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.