• AB72 – Introduced by Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert, R-Reno. [Leg]. The bill would make it easier to prosecute Internet predators who troll online for individuals whom they believe to be children. This bill is a direct reaction to a State Supreme Court decision last September throwing out charges against a 21-year-old who thought he had been corresponding with a 14-year-old female, but who turned out to be a 41-year-old undercover detective. [LVSUN] The accused arrived at a prearranged hook-up armed with condoms and lube; he was promptly arrested and charged.
The court ruled however, that Nevada State law: “makes it illegal to use technology to lure children, under 16, away from their parents”. In this particular charge, the actual victim had to be under the age of 16. AB72, with strong support by state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, removes such a loophole; as long as the would-be predator believes his intended victim is fewer than 16 years, the accused would face criminal charges as a sexual predator. [LVRJ] Conviction brings a 1-6 year prison-term and 10k fine.
• AB482 [Judiciary] – Prohibits police from requiring a victim of a sexual crime to take a polygraph test.
During hearings on the measure, Deputy Attorney General Robert Bony said AB482 is needed to comply with the federal Violence Against Women Act and for Nevada to continue to get federal funding for law enforcement and court costs related to cases involving domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and teen dating violence. Nevada got $1.3 million in 2006 under that program. [NvAppeal]
• SB57 [Senator Wiener] – Requires the parent of a child who is the victim of a sexual offense to give written consent before the name of the child may be included in a notice provided to a school. [SUN]