Eye On Olympia

Removing statute of limitations on childhood sex abuse cases

As things stand now, people who commit sex offenses against children cannot be prosecuted if the crimes took place more than three years after the victim's 18th birthday or seven years after the crime. Some lawmakers, including local Rep. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, want to remove that provision completely.
A public hearing, in which several Spokane people will testify, is slated for 1:30 p.m. today. It will be aired on Television Washington, the state's public access channel, and can be heard over the internet: go to tvw.org, click on "LIVE" and find House Judiciary Committee or, if you're reading this after Tuesday, go to "Archives" and find House Judiciary Committee.

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