The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee heard SB 48 on child sex offenses authored by Sen. Crider.The bill provides that a criminal prosecution of a sex offense committed against a child that is otherwise barred by the statute of limitations may nevertheless be commenced within five years from the date on which: (1) the state discovers DNA evidence; (2) the state learns of a recording that provides evidence sufficient to charge the offender; or (3) a person confesses to the offense. The bill specifies that a person commits human trafficking if the person pays money to a human trafficking victim. Current law provides that the person commits the offense by paying money for a human trafficking victim.
The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council and the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking testified in support of the bill. The Indiana Public Defender Council testified in opposition. The bill passed 8-0.
Read the bill at: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2023/bills/senate/48