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.