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Jan. 27, 2013

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Holy sponsors bill to extend statute of limitations against child sex predators

Legislator: Rep. Jeff Holy
Date Recorded: Jan. 27, 2013
Run Time: 52 seconds

SUGGESTED LEAD: A Spokane-area lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at extending the time child victims of sex crimes can bring their predators to justice. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.

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Sattgast: House Bill 1352 would allow a child who was sexually abused to prosecute a suspect up until 10 years after the abuse, or the victim’s 30th birthday, whichever is later.  Representative Jeff Holy of Cheney, is a former Spokane Police Detective and the prime sponsor of the bill.

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Holy: "What it’s going to do is allow a voice, a recourse for victims that need, not just resolution, but also need to know that this somebody is being brought to justice. And potentially, that they are doing the right thing by stopping them from doing this to other people that would be young as they were at one time."

Sattgast: Republican Representative Jeff Holy, who says the current law is confusing with different age groupings under the statute of limitations. The 6th District lawmaker says his bill would make the statute of limitations crystal clear, holding perpetrators accountable, and helping victims to heal.  The measure awaits a hearing in the House Public Safety Committee.  

John Sattgast, Olympia.

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