Calif. bill would exempt sex offender registration for rape in some cases

(Christian Post) Lawmakers in California have passed a bill that would no longer require people who commit statutory rape against teenagers 14 and over to register as sex offenders as long as the age difference is no more than 10 years. 

After passing both houses of the state legislature Monday, SB 145 is headed to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, where he will have until the end of September to sign. 

The bill was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco and parts of San Mateo County. 

“This bill would exempt from mandatory registration under the act a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register,” the bill explains. 

Under the bill, adults convicted of having consensual sex with teenagers between the age of 14 and 17 who are no more than 10 years older than their victims would not need to be listed on the state’s sex offender registry. 

The bill would give judges discretion to figure out if the sex offender registration is warranted on case-by-case bases. The bill does not apply to minors under the age of 14.

Wiener argued that the bill is aimed at treating LGBT offenders the same as heterosexual offenders and states that there is already a legal exception for vaginal intercourse between two people of a similar age difference. 

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Editor’s Note. This post was written by Samuel Smith and posted at the Christian Post. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen



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