Senate Passes Bill To Close Schneider Loopholes

first_imgMicciche says SB 12 will improve our sexual assault laws in three important ways: According to Micciche this exposed some serious, long-standing shortcomings in laws dealing with sexual assault in Alaska: “Serious crimes were ignored and an inappropriate plea deal allowed the perpetrator to serve a portion of the sentence of the single conviction at home with his family. In a state number one in the U.S. for sexual assault, we are making the statement that there will be ‘no more free passes’ for perpetrators of such crimes.” Classify unwanted contact with semen as a sexual crime, which means perpetrators can be required to register as sex offenders for this crime;Require that strangulation to the point of unconsciousness is defined as assault in the first degree, which carries a sentence of 5 to 20 years; andEliminate credit toward time served for electronic monitoring for sexual assault convictions. Senator Micciche: “If this bill were in place two years ago, Justin Schneider would be in prison today and the victim would have known that Alaskans will not tolerate free passes to violent sexual predators.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday to close the “Schneider Loophole,” improving the state’s laws protecting victims of sexual assault. The Alaska House of Representatives voted on Saturday to approve similiar legislation that strengthens sex crime laws. House Bill 14 was sponsored by Representative John Lincoln of Kotzebue and was approved with broad bipartisan support on a 36-to-1 vote. The Senate converted HB 14 into SB 12. Senate Bill 12 was introduced by Senator Peter Micciche after Justin Schneider, a case that gained national attention, after he served no prison time for strangling a woman to the point of unconsciousness and then ejaculating on her.last_img