Don't french kiss kids in Virginia

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I'm not sure what's more disturbing -- that french-kissing a ten-year-old was not a sex crime or that Virginia needed to pass a law to make it so. Whatever the case, legislators there passed a new law that would make it a misdemeanor for an adult to french-kiss a child younger than 13; the adult would have to register as a sex offender as well.

Interestingly, the lone dissenting vote came about because the delegate was holding out for making the crime a felony. "I think that type of behavior is so egregious it warrants a felony," said Phillip Hamilton of Newport News. The rest of the lawmakers were content with making the crime a misdemeanor with the registration requirement.

The law came about after prosecutors were unable to charge a 62-year-old man, accused of french-kissing a ten-year-old that his wife was babysitting, with anything more than contributing to the delinquency of a minor. While I'm glad that this law has been passed, I'm sad that it is necessary.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.