UPDATE: Bill targeting on-duty sex crimes by police headed to governor

Update From March 12, 2021:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A bill that would make it illegal for peace officers to engage in a sexual act with someone under investigation, under arrest or in-custody by amending second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy statues passed the Kentucky House on Friday 93-1.  It passed the Senate last month.

The measure is now headed to Governor Andy Beshear’s desk for his signature or veto.

 

Original Story Below from February 2, 2021:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill addressing sex crimes committed by police officers while on duty, according to the Legislative Research Commission (LRC).

Senate Bill 52 would amend third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse statutes so law enforcement officers could be charged with those crimes if they engage in sexual acts with a person under investigation, in custody or under arrest.

A loophole in the current statutes excludes law enforcement officials, according to testimony from a committee hearing on the bill earlier this month.

The proposed legislation was amended on the floor to clarify it would relate to the conduct of an officer in their official capacity, according to LRC.

The bill now goes the House for consideration.

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