Ten-year statute of limitations on rape ends in California


By Allen Cone | Sept. 29, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 29 (UPI) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that ends a 10-year statute of limitations on rape and child molestation charges.

Beginning next year, the law, SB813, will eliminate a time limit for certain rape and child molestation victims to pursue charges.

The new law will only apply to crimes committed after the legislation takes effect Jan. 1.

That means women who made allegations against comedian Bill Cosby won’t be helped by the new law. Cosby is facing one criminal case stemming form alleged sexual abuse and he has denied allegations by dozens of women nationwide.

The state Senate and Assembly unanimously approved the bill last month and the governor signed it without comment Wednesday.

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