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'HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND' Five-year-old autistic boy 'registered as sex offender'

•, Christy Cooney

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD autistic boy has been branded a "sex offender" for hugging a classmate and kissing another on the cheek.

Nathan's devastated family say a teacher accused him of "sexual activities" at East Ridge Elementary in Tennessee.

They claim they were told Nathan has been "labelled a sex predator" and will have it on his record forever.

His guardian, Summery Putnam, said she received a call from the school near the start of September that made her "sick to her stomach".

She told ABC7:"First of all, I didn't understand... He's a five-year-old, he's a child.

"The teacher called me. She said, 'You need to have a talk with Nathan about boundaries.'"

Ms Putnam said the teacher also accused her son of "sexual activities".