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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XLVI
Chapter 784
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F.S. 784.078
784.078 Battery of facility employee by throwing, tossing, or expelling certain fluids or materials.
(1) As used in this section, the term “facility” means a state correctional institution defined in s. 944.02(8); a private correctional facility defined in s. 944.710 or under chapter 957; a county, municipal, or regional jail or other detention facility of local government under chapter 950 or chapter 951; or a secure facility operated and maintained by the Department of Corrections or the Department of Juvenile Justice.
(2)(a) As used in this section, the term “employee” includes any person employed by or performing contractual services for a public or private entity operating a facility or any person employed by or performing contractual services for the corporation operating the prison industry enhancement programs or the correctional work programs, pursuant to part II of chapter 946.
(b) “Employee” includes any person who is a parole examiner with the Florida Commission on Offender Review.
(3)(a) It is unlawful for any person, while being detained in a facility and with intent to harass, annoy, threaten, or alarm a person in a facility whom he or she knows or reasonably should know to be an employee of such facility, to cause or attempt to cause such employee to come into contact with blood, masticated food, regurgitated food, saliva, seminal fluid, or urine or feces, whether by throwing, tossing, or expelling such fluid or material.
(b) Any person who violates paragraph (a) commits battery of a facility employee, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
History.s. 2, ch. 2001-244; s. 16, ch. 2014-191; s. 94, ch. 2015-2.