State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) supported legislation to remove the statute of limitations for the prosecution of sexual offenses.
The bill, HB2135, applies to criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault or aggravated criminal sexual abuse regardless of the age of the victim. The statute of limitation was removed for victims under the age of 18 and this bill will now extend that to apply to all cases of felony sex offenses.
Representative Batinick is a chief-co sponsor of the legislation and was pleased to see the bill pass unanimously in the House of Representatives. “This bill is necessary to ensure the victims of these heinous crimes have the opportunity to seek the justice they deserve,” said Batinick. “It makes sense that these cases should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Current law allows for prosecution for these crimes within 10 years of the offense if the victim has reported the offense to law enforcement within three years of it occurring.
After passing in the House, the bill is currently in the Senate waiting further consideration.