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Uniform Code of Military Justice

Passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006, enacted in Jan. of 2006.

10 USC § 920a

§ 551. OFFENSE OF STALKING UNDER THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE.
(a)    Establishment of Offense –

(1)    NEW PUNITIVE ARTICLE- Subchapter X of chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (the Uniform Code of Military Justice), is amended by inserting after § 920 (article 120) the following new section:

§ 920a. Art. 120a. Stalking

(a)   Any person subject to this section --

(1)  who wrongfully engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear death or bodily harm, including sexual assault, to himself or herself or a member of his or her immediate family;

(2)  who has knowledge, or should have knowledge, that the specific person will be placed in reasonable fear of death or bodily harm, including sexual assault, to himself or herself or a member of his or her immediate family; and

(3)  whose acts induce reasonable fear in the specific person of death or bodily harm, including sexual assault, to himself or herself or to a member of his or her immediate family.

is guilty of stalking and shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

(b)  In this section:

(1)  The term "course of conduct" means --

(A) a repeated maintenance of visual or physical proximity to a specific person; or

(B)  a repeated conveyance of verbal threat, written threats, or threats implied by conduct, or a combination of such threats, directed at or toward a specific person.

(2)  The term `repeated', with respect to conduct, means two or more occasions of such conduct.

(3)  The term `immediate family', in the case of a specific person, means a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of the person, or any other family member, relative, or intimate partner of the person who regularly resides in the household of the person or who within the six months preceding the commencement of the course of conduct regularly resided in the household of the person.'.

(2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of such subchapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 920 the following new item:

§ 920a. 120a. Stalking.

(b)  Applicability- Section 920a of title 10, United States Code (article 120a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), as added by subsection (a), applies to offenses committed after the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.