Several Laws To Better Kentucky Go Into Effect

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

One of several new Kentucky laws that go into effect Tuesday gets tougher on those convicted of sex crimes.

Those who work with children and are convicted of sex crimes will now face stiffer penalties.

“I have three teenagers of my own and that line should never be crossed, children at that age don't know how to make the decisions that as we get older adults know how to make the proper decision,” says Linda Brush of Breathitt County.

Teachers and coaches who have sex with a consenting 16 or 17 year old student will no longer be able to avoid prosecution, and will be charged with a felony. The student must be 18, a legal adult.

“I think they should be charged with a felony, because like is aid these children are not mature enough or able to make those decisions, and make good choices,” says Brush.

Brush says kids spend most of their day at school, forcing parents to trust those in charge. And trust is key.

“As educators we are entrusted with the public’s most precious commodity, their children, and I think we should be held to a higher standard,” says Anthony Little of Leslie County Schools.

If a minor becomes a victim of a misdemeanor sex crime, the new law increases the time the victim can report it to the age of 23.

“I'm not sure 16-year-olds are mature enough to make decisions such as engaging in inappropriate activities that could have such a devastating effect on their future,” says Little.

The public safety laws that go in effect Tuesday can also punish those who are aware of the crime but don't report it.

Little says it's important to protect our children, and give them a safe environment to learn in.

Several other laws also go into effect statewide Tuesday.

One requires stiffer penalties for those convicted in animal abuse cases.

Another creates a system that notifies the media when an Alzheimer’s patient is reported missing.

Also, children under seven will have to ride in booster seats.

And any child enrolled in public school is required to get a dental check-up.


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  • by Bill on Jul 15, 2008 at 04:50 AM
    Just how many laws can a socity live with.Next you will have be 6-4 and have hair on your chin, to ride without booster seat.Who was the fool, that let our leg. meet every year.If your going mke laws about sex, then put both partys in jail,not just the older one.
  • by henry Location: letcher on Jul 14, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    I agree with this law but it should be across the board , if anyone molests a child they should receive the harshest possible punishment, and contary to what the supreme court says. I think the death penalty should be applied in most cases. after all by my way of looking, harming a child is a true crime against humanity.
  • by MACK Location: HARLAN on Jul 14, 2008 at 06:34 AM
    WHY ARE WOMEN EXEMPT? IF ITS A MAN, ITS LIFE. IF ITS A WOMAN, ITS A SLAP ON THE HAND. EVEN YOUR STORY HAS TWO MALE SYMBOLS IN HANDCUFS. WHY THE DOUBLE STANDARD?
  • by Anonymous Location: Pike County on Jul 14, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    That is great protecting children, but why just single teachers, coaches and priests out. What about everyone else out there that seems to be fascinated with children under 18? This is a GREAT law BUT put it into effect for everyone!!!! I think extending the age to press charges is also a great idea but again put this into effect for everyone.

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