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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.159

Introduced by Representatives Masland of Thetford and McCullough of Williston

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Crimes; statute of limitations

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to permit the prosecution of a sexually based offense at any time after the commission of the crime.

AN ACT RELATING TO ELIMINATION OF THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR SEXUALLY BASED CRIMES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  13 V.S.A. § 4501 is amended to read:

§ 4501.  LIMITATION OF PROSECUTIONS FOR CERTAIN FELONIES

(a)  Prosecutions for aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, lewd and lascivious conduct, sexual exploitation of children under chapter 64 of this title, murder, arson causing death, and kidnapping may be commenced at any time after the commission of the offense.

(b)  Prosecutions for manslaughter, sexual assault, lewd and lascivious conduct, sexual exploitation of children, grand larceny, robbery, burglary, embezzlement, forgery, bribery offenses, false claims, fraud under subsection 141(d) of Title 33, and felony tax offenses shall be commenced within six years after the commission of the offense, and not after.

(c)  Prosecutions for sexual assault, lewd and lascivious conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child, alleged to have been committed against a child 16 years of age or under, shall be commenced within the earlier of the date the victim attains the age of 24 or six years from the date the offense is reported, and not after. For purposes of this subsection, an offense is reported when a report of the conduct constituting the offense is made to a law enforcement officer by the victim.

(d)  Prosecutions for arson shall be commenced within 11 years after the commission of the offense, and not after.

(e)(d)  Prosecutions for other felonies and for misdemeanors shall be commenced within three years after the commission of the offense, and not after.



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