Kelly argues against time limits on sex cases involving children
By Beth Hundsdorfer, March 8, 2017, BND
SPRINGFIELD--St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly went before a Senate Committee on Tuesday to urge senators to pass legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes against children.
The bill, Senate Bill 189, passed unanimously and heads to the full Senate for consideration.
“There is no time limit for the pain and trauma endured by child victims of sex assault and there should be no time limit for our ability to reach justice for them,” Kelly told the committee, according to a press release.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Scott Cross, a survivor, and state Sen. Scott Bennett, the bill’s sponsor, joined Kelly to testify before the committee.
The bill was introduced after former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, once considered one of the nation’s most powerful politicians, was accused of paying money to cover up his sexual abuse of members of the wrestling team he coached in Yorkville, Illinois. He was sentenced to 15 months for the payments. He was never prosecuted for the sex crimes because too much time had elapsed.
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