Bill criminalizing sex crimes by police headed to governor’s desk

FORT THOMAS MATTERS March 12, 2021 Frankfort, Kentucky

Almost everyone Rep. Rachel Roberts, D-Newport, spoke to about Senate Bill 52 asked: “How is this not already law in Kentucky?”

SB 52 will make it illegal for peace officers to engage in a sexual act with someone under investigation, under arrest or in-custody by amending second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy statues.

The Kentucky House of Representatives voted to approve the measure by a 93-1 vote today. The KY Senate vote unanimously in favor of the bill last month. SB 52 will now head to the governor’s desk for his signature or veto.

“Today, with your yes vote, we can assure this is our law and that there are protections for those in custody against sexual assault at the hands of those who are sworn to protect us,” Roberts said on the House floor.


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