Sexual battery; touching a person's intimate parts, etc., penalty. (HB567)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Assault by touching a person's intimate parts; penalty. Provides that the penalty for a person who commits a simple assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, by touching the intimate parts of another person or material directly covering such intimates parts shall include a term of confinement of at least six months with a 30-day mandatory minimum sentence. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102312D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/13/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB567)
01/31/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
01/31/2014Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2014Committee substitute printed 14104216D-H1
02/03/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB567H1)
02/05/2014Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2014Read first time
02/10/2014Read second time
02/10/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104216D-H1
02/10/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB567H1)
02/10/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB567H1
02/11/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/17/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2014Committee substitute printed 14105076D-S1
02/17/2014Rereferred to Finance
02/18/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB567S1)
02/25/2014Reported from Finance (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB567S1)
02/26/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Read third time
02/26/2014Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14105076D-S1
02/26/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB567S1
02/26/2014Passed Senate with substitute (36-Y 3-N)
02/26/2014Placed on Calendar
02/26/2014Senate substitute agreed to by House 14105076D-S1 (91-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (91-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB567ER)
03/03/2014Signed by Speaker
03/04/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB567ER)
03/06/2014Signed by President
03/31/2014Impact statement from VCSC (HB567ER)
04/06/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 656 (effective 7/1/14)
04/06/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0656)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Editor’s Pick
Mary Devoy writes:

Virginia’s Sexual Assault Statute should already cover this; in fact I have the personal experience that would.
6. "Sexual abuse" means an act committed with the intent to sexually molest, arouse, or gratify any person, where:

a. The accused intentionally touches the complaining witness's intimate parts or material directly covering such intimate parts;

The Sexual Battery Statute wouldn't take care of this new request,

But the Sexual Abuse, does.

I am very hesitant of creating a second crime for the same act. Add additional verbiage to 18.2-67.10 if needed.