An Act To Protect Children from Sexual Predators
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, immediate action by the Legislature is necessary to close a loophole in the current statute regarding sexual exploitation of a minor in order to ensure prosecutors have the necessary tools to prosecute these cases and to better protect children; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §284, sub-§1, ¶A, as amended by PL 2005, c. 345, §1, is further amended to read:
(1) The other person has not in fact attained 16 years of age; or
(2) The person knows or has reason to know that the other person has not attained 16 years of age.
Violation of this paragraph is a Class D crime;
Sec. 2. 17-A MRSA §284, sub-§1, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 711, Pt. B, §12, is amended to read:
(1) The other person has not in fact attained 12 years of age; or
(2) The person knows or has reason to know that the other person has not attained 12 years of age.
Violation of this paragraph is a Class C crime; or
Sec. 3. 17-A MRSA §284, sub-§5, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 608, §4, is amended to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.