Rep. Harding Co-Signs Legislation to Protect Sexual Assault Victims from Attackers

Posted on April 19, 2018 by jpheasant


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HARTFORD – State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) has co-sponsored legislation that would require anyone convicted of aggravated sexual assault to wear a global positioning system until the time of sentencing.

The legislation, SB- 239, An Act Concerning Global Positioning System Monitoring of Convicted Persons Awaiting Sentencing for Aggravated Sexual Assault, would include any offense involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person.

The current bill proposal would also require individuals convicted of aggravated sexual assault to pay for their GPS monitoring while they await sentencing.

“Anything we can do to protect the residents of our community from individuals who have been convicted of crimes involving sexual assault is a worthwhile endeavor,” Rep. Harding said. “I will continue to advocate for legislation which ensures violent and dangerous criminals remain in jail which is unfortunately contrary to some criminal justice measures enacted under Governor Malloy and his administration.”

The current bill proposal would require individuals convicted of aggravated sexual assault to pay for their GPS monitoring while they await sentencing. Last week, Rep. Harding and other members of the Judiciary Committee voted in of HB-239 by a 39-0 margin.

Last session, SB-1041, sought to ensure the same protections in SB-239, but due to time constraints was unable to be heard in the house for a vote despite passing unanimously in the Senate 36-0.