Governor Parnell signed a bill Tuesday intended to combat the state’s epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault. It toughens penalties for sex trafficking crimes and allows for stronger sentencing. The law requires that perpetrators serve consecutive sentences in cases with two or more crimes involving child pornography. It outlaws the early “good time” release from prison for those convicted of class A felonies.
It expands the state’s “rape shield” law to protect victims after an assault. That allows for GPS tracking devices on perpetrators. It also authorizes courts to approve wiretapping in human and sex trafficking cases. School athletic coaches will now be legally required to report if they suspect that child abuse or neglect have occurred.