Bill Eliminating Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes Passes House

The House of Representatives voted Monday to eliminate the statute of limitations on rape and other sex crimes. John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

House Bill 1155 would allow prosecutors to bring charges at any time after the commission of some sex crimes, including rape, rape of a child, child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor and voyeurism.

Republican State Representative Dan Griffey of Allyn said the course of action his bill would provide to sexual assault survivors is long overdue.

“I’m asking this body to push this bill forward because I don’t think there should be any free time or free space that a monster that commits this type of crime should ever feel like they should be free from prosecution.”

Griffey told lawmakers his own wife suffered sexual abuse as a teenager by a family member. He says survivors of sexual abuse experience emotional distress long after the crime is committed.

The bill passed the House, 90 to 8. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

John Sattgast, Olympia.