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