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Matter of Opinion

Sex crimes and statute of limitations

(File photo of Brockett by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review.)

Former Spokane County Prosecutor Don Brockett has been a tireless advocate for abused children these past several years, especially as it concerns children who were abused by Catholic priests. Again this legislative session, he lobbied for the elimination of criminal statutes of limitations for sex crimes committed against children under 18.

Here's his e-mail today about the failed effort:

The child molesters have once again won the battle for the safety of the children in our state!

The 2008 legislative session has adjourned. Legislators refused for the fifth year in a row to take action on bills that would have eliminated the criminal statutes of limitations for sex crimes committed against children under the age of 18. Their inaction is inexcusable and should disgust all citizens of Washington concerned with the safety of children.

Because of this inaction by the legislators there will be little deterrent for potential child molesters because none of the children molested from now on will be able to prosecute their molester after the present statutes of limitations run out in their case. Legislators continue to reward molesters and re-victimize the vulnerable children.

If you disagree with this inaction, please immediately contact the governor and your senators and representatives and let them know this is unacceptable to you. If they have any concern for the safety and protection of the children of our state, they will move swiftly to re-introduce this legislation in the 2009 session and pass it immediately. Get their commitment at election time this fall.
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