Raia Votes to End Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes

May 16, 2006

Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,C,I,WF-East Northport) yesterday voted in favor of legislation that would eliminate both the criminal and civil statute of limitations on Class B felony sex crimes (A11283). The bill passed the Assembly and has been delivered to the Senate.

“Sex crimes leave behind scars that last a lifetime. I am proud that my Assembly colleagues and I passed this bill to stand up for those who have had to endure such tremendous physical and emotional pain,” said Raia.

The bill would apply to Class B felony sex crimes: first degree rape, first degree criminal assault, first degree aggravated sexual abuse and first degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

The Assembly is also calling for the formation of a conference committee to resolve differences between the Assembly and Senate proposals.

“If you commit sex crimes you should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and by passing this legislation we are sending a message to sexual predators that they will get their day in court,” concluded Raia.