Lawmakers pass bill to help prosecutors fight sex crimes
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have finished work to close a legal loophole blamed for shielding sexual predators whose young victims can’t say exactly when and where they were abused.
The bill won final passage Tuesday in the Senate and goes to Gov. Matt Bevin.
The measure stems from a court ruling that overturned the conviction of a man accused of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter while the child’s mother was deployed with the military.
In her testimony, the child was unable to say specifically when and where it happened.
The measure would close the loophole by creating a “continuous course of conduct” law.
That would allow children or vulnerable adults to testify to a pattern of abuse without being penalized for not remembering exact dates and places where abuse occurred.
The legislation is Senate Bill 60.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.
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