A move to end Georgia’s statute of limitations on child sex crimes

The state Legislature will be asked in January to erase the statute of limitations on child molestation charges — the first such measure to surface in a post-Penn State era.

H.B. 676 was submitted Thursday by state Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans.

Currently, acts of child molestation in Georgia must be reported within seven years after the alleged victim turns 16. Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested last month on charges he had sex with young boys over a 15-year period – meaning that some of the alleged incidents would not have been prosecutable had they happened here.

The bill would allow prosecution at any time for child molestation, aggravated child molestation or other related offenses when the victim is younger than 16 years of age at the time of the commission of the crime.

From Harbin, via press release:

“The recent events at Penn State University and at Syracuse University have strengthened my resolve to move this bill quickly through the House and Senate, as the current seven-year statute of limitations on reporting acts of molestation makes Georgia a prime hunting ground for those who would prey on our children. I for one will not stand idly by and allow monsters to go unpunished because of a technicality.”

“The very thought that these predators can use the law to their advantage protect themselves, avoid prosecution and remain free years after an offensive is committed is unconscionable. It is my intent to make the statue of limitations on reporting child molesters the same as on those who commit capital crimes and make them accountable for their acts without regard for the passage of time.”

Harbin has introduced the legislation before, only to see it die in committee. But the climate in January may be very different.

A side note: Consider the legislation to be proof that Harbin will not be among the crowd of Republicans (currently four) lining up to challenge U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, in a newly redrawn 12th Congressional District.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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18 comments Add your comment

liberalefty

December 2nd, 2011
1:14 pm

the founding fathers were child molesters

j rooper rowe

December 2nd, 2011
1:55 pm

So is the georgia legislature. They continually molest the college and college-bounds students by setting insurmountable barriers to the HOPE scholarship.

why are republican such ****ups?

missing the point

December 2nd, 2011
1:58 pm

j rooper rowe…that’s what they do. this bill died before due to apathy. then only after something happens is it that something is done. rethugs love the fetus but hate the person.

Danny O

December 2nd, 2011
2:06 pm

Any idea why the House Clerk’s office is jumping around on the bill numbers for prefiles? I doubt (and hope not, as well) that bill numbers as up into the 660s have already been reserved for legislation.

Smoke

December 2nd, 2011
2:13 pm

Like the Peace Corp Bill, this time around it should be by unanimous consent, and move on to public good solutions.

Attack Dog

December 2nd, 2011
2:21 pm

Good but reactionary. I wonder if this bill will be retoactive. We know that now southern baptists are now protectors of Catholic issues.

td

December 2nd, 2011
2:47 pm

j rooper rowe

December 2nd, 2011
1:55 pm

A 3.75 GPA and a 1200 on the SAT for the full Hope or a 3.0 GPA for the 90% HOPE is insurmountable? Have you ever thought that you may not be college bound material?

liberalefty

December 2nd, 2011
2:58 pm

THE founding fathers were perverted rapists and child molesters

Kevin

December 2nd, 2011
2:58 pm

@ td

Dude or Chick or whatever you are (you sound like a female most of the time)
you have to be one of the snottiest republicans on these blogs. Where did you attend School? Oh Kennessaw State on financial aide. Give me a freakin break!

td

December 2nd, 2011
3:18 pm

Kevin

December 2nd, 2011
2:58 pm

Yes, I attended KSU. Prior to the HOPE, took no financial aid, no support from anyone else, worked 2 to 3 jobs for the entire time I attended and received my degree with zero debt. It did take me 7 years going to school part time to receive a 4 year degree.

I am sick and tired of all these snotty noise kids and adults coming on these blogs and whinning about there poor, poor circumstances and how unfair it is. If you want to go to school then make the grades you need in HS to get a HOPE and work to pay for the rest. Life is hard and whinning about it only makes one look like a big baby.

BTW: My 15 year old already knows he has to make the grades and/or get a job to attend college and he has a 3.7 GPA.

Cliff

December 2nd, 2011
5:58 pm

Danny O.: The Georgia legislative session is really two years long. So, the session that starts in January is a continuation of last year’s. Hence, the bill numbers continue incrementing. Next year, they will start at 1 again. I wonder what was the topic of bill 666?

double

December 2nd, 2011
6:04 pm

Yeah and Newt taught TD.It might be in line for a job(TD).

Cobbian

December 2nd, 2011
6:47 pm

I wonder if the Catholic bishops will come all unglued over ending any status of limitations on sex crimes against children. I am Catholic, by the way, but really think what we have learned about child sex abuse is that kids just can’t admit it happened to them. Laws need to provide justice for the victim when we learn of that crime.

td, Well done. I also worked by way through Georgia State lo’ these many years ago – but only took 6 years to finish.

Last Man Standing

December 2nd, 2011
7:32 pm

td:

You mean you actually worked and paid for your college education yourself? Do you not understand that the government is supposed to provide that to you free? I’ll bet you even earned the money with which you purchased your home?

If I were you, I’d consult an ‘Occupier’ for financial guidance. He/she will be able to tell you what you ‘deserve’ to get free! I mean to say, if it is ‘free’, it doesn’t cost anyone anything, does it? They know more about economics than anyone, and most likely never have even taken an economics course!

td

December 2nd, 2011
11:06 pm

double

December 2nd, 2011
6:04 pm
Yeah and Newt taught TD.It might be in line for a job(TD).

Best class I attended the entire time at KSU. Newt was the smartest professor I ever had. I learned a great deal about “Renewing American civilization” and I learned a great deal first hand about how the press takes items out of context and twist things to fit the reporters, newspapers or TV’s agenda.

As far as a job, that is a great idea. I may just have to contact Newt’s campaign and see if they will pay me to come on here everyday and post positive statements about him.

td

December 2nd, 2011
11:08 pm

Last Man Standing

December 2nd, 2011
7:32 pm

Glad to see you back posting. These “occupiers” are the same as Kevin. Thy want something for nothing. They are a bunch of whinny babies that are to afraid to take responsibility for their own actions.

double

December 3rd, 2011
1:07 am

TD as long as there is an R by the name.You will only post positive.Put a D all will be negative.That is your choice.Renewing civilization I think we have enough of that(Newt.and Cain)seem well qualified in the act.

td

December 3rd, 2011
9:39 am

double

December 3rd, 2011
1:07 am
TD as long as there is an R by the name.You will only post positive.Put a D all will be negative.That is your choice.Renewing civilization I think we have enough of that(Newt.and Cain)seem well qualified in the act.

That is not true. I think Ed Lindsey (R) is a horrible low life lawyer and I would vote for a Dem over him in the state house. I pretty much vote against all incumbent R’s in the primary to see if we can get new blood in office. I voted for Sam Nunn and Zell Miller evry time they ran because I thought they were pretty conservative.