Statute of limitations eliminated for some child sex crimes in new bill

This August 2018 file photo shows the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. ( Photo/Eddie Drews)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A bill to eliminate the statute of limitations for rape, child exploitation and certain other sexual offenses is moving forward at the Indiana Statehouse.

Under the current law, most sex crimes against children have to be filed before the victim reaches 31. The new bill would create exemptions if law enforcement finds DNA evidence of a crime; discover a recording that provides evidence of a crime; or if the perpetrator confesses to the crime.

“As a former law enforcement officer, I know how important of a step this is in ensuring justice for victims of sexual assault,” said State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield). “I remain a fierce advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and will continue to chip away at the hurdles victims must go through to seek justice.”

The bill passed unanimously out of committee and now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

In 2015, Crider authored Senate Enrolled Act 94, also known as “Jenny’s Law,” which provides the same exemptions for rape.

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