AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine lawmaker’s proposal to extend the statute of limitations in some sex crime cases is getting a committee review.
The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Monday took up Rep. Anne Haskell’s bill.
The Portland Democrat’s proposal extends from six to 10 years the statute of limitations on criminal prosecutions for crimes involving unlawful sexual touching; unlawful sexual contact; sexual abuse of a minor; and rape or gross sexual assault if the actor has authority over the victim.
Haskell says examples of a “person of authority” are a therapist, teacher, coach or minister.
Haskell asked the committee to cut out a portion of the bill that would have removed a six-year statute in civil cases. That portion would be taken up next year by another committee.