Mar 6, 2014 4:29 PM by Maddie Garrett
A new bill is working it's way through the Colorado State Legislature that would eliminate statutes of limitations for crimes committed during sexual assaults. The House passed Senate Bill 059 with overwhelming bipartisan support. It will now go back to the Senate for consideration of the House's amendments.
Currently, sex assaults that involve a DNA sample are not subject to statute of limitations. But accompanying crimes, such as burglary or kidnapping, are limited to a certain time frame. Proponents of Senate Bill 059 said this bill would make sure that all crimes committed during a sexual assault could be prosecuted by eliminating the statute of limitations on them.
The Colorado Springs Police Department is giving reaction to the proposed bill, saying it thinks this is an excellent change.
Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Littleton) is the sponsor of Senate Bill 059. In a statement, Lawrence said, "It is time to ensure people who commit despicable sex crimes are punished with the full force of the law."
"If additional crimes were committed along with a sexual assault, the statute of limitations should not shield a felon from prosecution of their crimes," Lawrence added."