Priests could be prosecuted for sexual abuse years later under new bill

Priests could be prosecuted for sexual abuse years later under new bill
Posted at 12:01 PM, Nov 08, 2018

If new proposed legislation passes, priests accused of sexual abuse could be charged years after their alleged crimes.

Republican Senator Patrick Gallivan introduced new legislation, just two days after democrats won majority in the New York State Senate. The "Child Victims Protection and Accountability Act" focuses on three main parts:

  • Statute of limitations: This removes the limitations for criminal action in regards to a sexual crime committed against a minor. It also extends the limit on the civil side until the alleged victim turns 50.
  • Mandated reporting: The agencies required to report child abuse to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services will include members of the clergy. Clergy will also have to report allegations directly to law enforcement.
  • Whistleblower protection: Non-public employees who report abuse will be protected. It will encourage employees of not-for-profit organizations to disclose alleged abuse.

Senator Gallivan says he's discussed elements of this proposed legislation with Bishop Malone, and Malone supports it.

This bill will be considered when the Senate returns to session January of 2019.

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