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Colorado House approves bill calling for stiffer penalties against peace officers charged with sexual assault

"The Colorado House provided this week bipartisan support to a bill aimed at imposing stiffer penalties against peace officers convicted of sexual assault."

 

"The bill, sponsored by Denver Democrat Rep. Leslie Herod, would allow prosecutors to charge a peace officer with unlawful sexual conduct when they knowingly engage in sexual contact, sexual intrusion or sexual penetration any time a victim is in custody, regardless of consent."

 

"Unlawful sexual conduct by a peace officer is a Class 4 felony when the offense is committed by sexual contact and is a Class 3 felony when the offense is committed by sexual intrusion or sexual penetration. Class 4 felonies carry a sentence of up to six years in prison. A Class 3 felony carries a sentence of up to 12 years."

 

 

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