First Regular Session
Sixty-first General Assembly
LLS NO. 970388.01 JGG
HOUSE BILL 971081
STATE OF COLORADO
BY REPRESENTATIVE Musgrave
A BILL FOR AN ACT
CONCERNING AGES THAT RELATE TO THE CRIME OF SEXUAL
ASSAULT ON A CHILD.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced
and does not necessarily reflect any amendments which may be subsequently
Current law defines the victim of the crime of sexual
assault on a child as a person less than 15 years old and provides
that the actor be at least 4 years older than the victim. The
bill would raise this maximum age of the victim to a person under
the age of 16 and reduce the age difference between the actor
and the victim to 3 years.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:
SECTION 1. 183405 (1), Colorado Revised Statutes, 1986 Repl. Vol., is amended to read:
183405. Sexual assault
on a child. (1) Any
actor who knowingly subjects another not his or her spouse to
any sexual contact commits sexual assault on a child if the victim
is less than
SIXTEEN years of age and the actor is at least four
THREE years older than the victim.
SECTION 2. Effective date applicability. This act shall take effect July 1, 1997, and shall apply to offenses committed on or after said date.
SECTION 3. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds, determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.