Committee looks at stricter penalties for various sex crimes

The Senate Judiciary Committee this week took up a bill that would address a number of concerns with the state’s definitions of and penalties for sex crimes.

The bill would create a harsher penalty for surreptitious intrusion crimes involving a minor, expand the definition of a person in a position of authority in relation to sex crimes, and prohibit peace officers from engaging in sexual activity with a person being restrained or otherwise unable to leave the officer’s premise.

The bill would also remove the “marital rape” exception from state statute and remove the exception for intentionally touching the clothing covering the buttocks. It was passed out of the committee and will be heard next in Finance Committee. (SF 111)