California Eases Penalties for Adults Accused of Sexually Molesting Children

California legislators have passed a bill to reduce criminal penalties for adults accused of sexually molesting children.

Published 2 days ago on September 4, 2020 By Warner Todd Huston

California legislators have passed a bill to reduce criminal penalties for adults accused of sexually molesting children.

Last month we reported that gay State Senator Scott Wiener re-introduced a bill to lower the penalties for gays accused of sexually molesting children.

Current California law only gives judges discretion to excuse sexual activity if it is heterosexual sex involving a male and female having penis-to-vagina sex. In other cases, the penalties are fixed if it is gay sexual activity or other activity between an adult and a minor.

But Wiener wanted those penalties eliminated for adult gays having sex with minors.

“California’s sex offender registry continues to draw that distinction — an antiquated, outdated, leftover distinction — that somehow oral sex is worse than vaginal sex,” Wiener said, adding that such precedent is “horrific homophobia” and is “irrational, and it ruins people’s lives.”

“It makes no sense. It disproportionately impacts LGBTQ people because LGBTQ people are far less likely to be engaging in penile, vaginal intercourse,” Weiner told the paper.

And now, the state Senate has passed Weiner’s bill.

Per the Daily Caller:

Under the new bill, which has not been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, adults less than 10 years older than the minor who are convicted of having anal or oral sex with that minor would not automatically be added to the sex-offender registry.

In 2015, the California Supreme Court argued that vaginal intercourse can lead to pregnancy and that requiring a father to register as a sex offender may inhibit his ability to support his child and find a job through social stigmatization, according to the Chronicle.

SB 145 passed the California Assembly by a bare minimum vote of 41-18 before passing 23-10 in the state Senate, the Chronicle reported, though some lawmakers raised concerns that the bill allows for mistreatment of minors.

“I cannot in my mind as a mother understand how sex between a 24-year-old and a 14-year-old could ever be consensual, how it could ever not be a registrable offense,” Democratic California state Rep. Lorena Gonzalez said, according to the Chronicle. “We should never give up on this idea that children should be in no way subject to a predator.” (Click to Source)

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