Virginia Police: Man Arrested For Violating State’s ‘French Kiss’ Law

HENRICO COUNTRY, Va. (WNEW) — A man has been arrested for violating Virginia’s “French Kiss” law which prohibits an adult to use his or her tongue while kissing a child.

Erick Hernandez Tellez was arrested by police for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old female acquaintance, WTVR reported.

Tellez was charged with violating Virginia Code 18.2-370.6, which states that “any person 18 years of age or older who, with lascivious intent, kisses a child under the age of 13 on the mouth while knowingly and intentionally penetrating the mouth of such child with his tongue is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.”

Del. Riley Ingram (R – Chesterfield, Henrico, Prince George and Hopewell) sponsored the 2008 bill and said that Tellez is the first person who violated the law.

“The one about French kissing?” Ingram replied when asked about it over the phone by WTVR. “I don’t know of anyone who’s been arrested for that.”

Ingram explained that he created the bill on behalf of a Henrico mother who was angry that a man’s punishment wasn’t enough after he French kissed her young daughter in a “daycare setting”.

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