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HB17-1109

Child Sex Assault Pattern Offense Place Of Trial

Concerning prosecuting in one jurisdiction a person who has committed sexual assaults against a child in different jurisdictions.
Session:
2017 Regular Session
Subjects:
Children & Domestic Matters
Courts & Judicial
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

In current law, several sex-assault-on-a-child crimes are designated 'pattern' offenses, meaning that the defendant has a pattern of sexually assaulting the same child repeatedly. When such assaults occur in more than one jurisdiction, the district attorney in each such jurisdiction must prosecute a case for the incident that occurred in his or her jurisdiction. The bill allows a prosecutor to charge and bring a pattern-offense case for all such assaults in any jurisdiction where one of the acts occurred. The bill allows the prosecution of a defendant charged with sex-assault-on-a-child pattern offense or sex-assault-on-a-child-in-a-position-of-trust pattern offense to be tried:

  • In a county where at least one or more of the incidents of sexual contact occurred; or
  • In a county where an act in furtherance of the offense was committed.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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