Statute of Limitations Removed for Criminal Sexual Assault Cases

PLAINFIELD—Governor JB Pritzker recently signed legislation into law that would remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting crimes of sexual violence in Illinois.  The bill, HB2135, provides that prosecution for criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, or aggravated criminal sexual abuse may be commenced at any time.

State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) was a chief-co-sponsor of the initiative, which removes the 10-year limit that was previously in place for criminal prosecution of sexual offenses.

“This expansion of our current law is an important step in providing necessary justice to victims of sexual violence,” said Batinick.  “Crimes of sexual assault should be prosecuted and removing the statute of limitations is essential to doing so.”

The law will be effective January 1st 2020.  The bill which passed unanimously in both the House of Representatives and the Senate during spring legislative session.