Bill Status of SB4042 102nd General Assembly
Short Description: CRIM CD&CRIM PRO-SEX OFFENSE
Sen. Melinda Bush
| 1/21/2022||Senate||Referred to Assignments|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that when the victim is under 18 years of age at the time of the offense or a person with a disability, a prosecution for grooming may be commenced within 10 years after the discovery of such an offense by a person or agency having the legal duty to report the offense or in the absence of such discovery, within 10 years after the proper prosecuting officer becomes aware of the offense. In the definition provisions of the Sex Offenses Article of the Code, includes "sibling" in the definition of "family member" and includes in the definition of "unconscious of the nature of the act", incapable of resisting because the victim was asleep, unconscious, or surprised such that the victim could not give voluntary, intelligent, and knowing agreement to the sexual act. Provides that a person also commits grooming when he or she knowingly engages in a pattern of conduct that entices, persuades, induces, or coerces a child to engage or participate in criminal sexual activity or is for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of the victim, the accused, or another. Increases the penalty for grooming from a Class 4 to a Class 3 felony. Changes references in the Code from "child pornography" to "child sexual abuse images". Defines "pattern" and "sexual activity". Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Provides that the court may set any conditions it finds just and appropriate on the taking of testimony of a victim or witness who is under 18 years of age or an intellectually disabled person or a person affected by a developmental disability (rather than a victim who is a child under the age of 18 years or a moderately, severely, or profoundly intellectually disabled person or a person affected by a developmental disability), involving the use of a facility dog in any criminal proceeding (rather than in a prosecution of criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, or any violent crime). Makes changes concerning the admissibility of evidence in prosecutions for involuntary servitude, involuntary sexual servitude of a minor, or trafficking in persons.
|Date||Chamber|| Action|| 1/21/2022||Senate||Filed with Secretary by Sen. Melinda Bush|| 1/21/2022||Senate||First Reading|| 1/21/2022||Senate||Referred to Assignments|