Iowa lawmakers eye ending statute of limitations on sex crimes

Iowa statute of limitations on sex crimes

DES MOINES — Charges of sexual assault and other sexual crimes against minors could be tried at any time under legislation being considered by state lawmakers.

The proposal would eliminate Iowa’s statute of limitations on those crimes.

Currently, sexual assault charges must be brought within 10 years after victims turn 18 or within three years of an alleged perpetrator being identified by DNA evidence.

The proposal to eliminate the statute of limitations is working its way through the General Assembly in the wake of the latest round of revelations of decades-old sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests against minors, this time in western Iowa.

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