Bill to provide more time for some rape prosecutions passes House

By Adam Lee
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The House passed a bill on Tuesday that gives police and prosecutors more time to find and charge a rapist in some cases.

Senate Bill 94, authored by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, would extend the statute of limitations from five to 10 years on cases that have DNA evidence sufficient enough to charge an offender, have a recording that provides chargeable evidence, or have a person confess to the offense.

The House sponsor, Rep. Robert Cherry, R-Greenfield, said a case involving Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis student Jenny Ewing played a large role in drafting the bill.

Ewing was raped in 2005 and refrained from speaking out about it. Her attacker confessed last year, but was not charged with the cimre since the confession happened nine years after the event and outside the current statute of limitations.

Cherry said the bill does not guarantee prosecution but rather provides prosecutors with another tool in cases that meet the specified circumstances.

SB 94 only refers to Level 3 rape cases. More serious rapes do not have a statute of limitations.

The House passed the bill 97-0 and it now moves back to the Senate where lawmakers will decide to accept a minor change made in the house.

Adam Lee is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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