Friday, April 22, 2005

Statute of Limitations for Child Molesting to be Extended

Yesterday, after previously winning unanimous approval in the House, House Bill 1013 was unanimously approved by the State Senate. The bill by Rep. Larry Glenn, D-Miami, and Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-OKC is a measure to increase the statute of limitations for filing charges against suspected child molesters. It would increase the statute of limitations from seven (7) years after discovery of the crime to twelve (12) years.
Several states have no time limitations whatsoever for filing charges against child predators. Of those that do, Oklahoma currently has one of the shortest.
This last extension of the limitations period occurred in 1990 when the legislature amended state law to increase the statute of limitations from five to seven years.

6 Comments:

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The governor signed the bill April 26th 2005.It officially becomes Law November 1, 2005.

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger Eric said...

The governor signed the bill April 26th 2005.It officially becomes Law November 1, 2005.

 
At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could one set in motion another extension? Some victims aren't ready till later in life to file or report their abuse. I speak from personal experience and find it another way to be assaulted that when I have finally come to the decision to do something my hands are bound.

 
At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

people are afraid especially children.circumstances pertaining to this fear will keep those quiet until they are brave enough to step forward and say something. when they do its too late i was afraid to say anything to anyone except my brother i didn't trust my father and then i told him and whats worse i had proof and still nothing was done i was too young to talk to the police because you have to have you're parents with you because i was under the age of 18 i could not press charges and therefore the man was left alone. please all parents out there trust is very important if u have proof or youre child comes to you with accusations take them seriously because like i said trust is very important u dont want to lose it it may lead to more problems than you think.

 
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