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Special Committee on Review of Crimes Against Children

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Anne Sappenfield; Larry Konopacki
Date Published
March 2007
21 pages
This report presents the results of the Wisconsin Special Committee on Review of Crimes Against Children’s review of current crimes against children and the effectiveness and appropriateness of existing statutes.
Key provisions provided under the 2007 Senate Bill 103 and 2007 Assembly Bill 209 of the Wisconsin Legislative Council range from specifying that mandatory minimum terms of confinement in prison for first-degree sexual assault of a child do not apply if the offender was under 18 years of age at the time of the violation. Removal of the offenses of child enticement with the intent to cause bodily or mental harm to a child and child enticement with intent to give or sell a controlled substance or controlled substance to a child from the list of offenses requiring mandatory sex offender registration. Background information on and descriptions of companion bills Senate Bill 103 and Assembly Bill 209, recommended by the Special Committee on Review of Crimes Against Children, are provided on reconciliation of 2005 Wisconsin Acts 430, 431, and 437, statute of limitations for prosecution of sexual assault of a child, physical abuse of a child, soliciting a child for prostitution, criminal neglect of a child, presentence investigation, and sex offender registry. The Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council established the Special Committee on Review of Crimes Against Children in 2006. The committee was directed to review current crimes against children under statutes that relate to child pornography, communicating with a child over the Internet, sex offenders working or volunteering with children, and sexual assault of a child to determine whether these statutes should be clarified and whether the penalties for these offenses are consistent and appropriate. A summary of the committee’s activities is presented. Appendix 1-4