Changes to sexual assault law proposed

By Alex Davis |

Published 02/27 2014 05:53PM

Updated 02/28 2014 10:03AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Prosecutors could get more time to press charges in sexual assault cases. Currently, a sexual assault case has to be prosecuted within 10-years after being reported. This bill would lift that time frame.

The idea comes from the backlog of evidence kits which are in the state police data base. The bill's sponsor says victims should not be penalized because of that backlog. Those opposed say there should be legislation to put more pressure on police because of their backlogs.

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