Tom Smart, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — A House committee unanimously recommended a bill Thursday to clarify the term “position of special trust” in cases of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
HB257, sponsored by Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, moves higher in the state code the original list of people who fall under the category of “position of trust.”
As it applies to victims under the age of 14, the list remained the same except for being alphabetized. It includes a parent, baby sitter, coach, employer, religious leader and teacher.
After an emotional testimony from a community member, the committee discussed and added to the list “a sibling or a step-sibling who is an adult.”
“I can speak of this due to personal experience,” Kristen Baird told the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, her voice wavering. “In my situation, it was an older sibling. I am very grateful that this is being discussed."
The bill also has wording to cover those not specifically mentioned, saying “any person in a position of authority which enables the person to exercise undue influence over the child.”
— Madeleine Brown
- Man accused of killing UTA worker dies in prison
- Women underrepresented across Utah's...
- Mike Lee, US Senate to hold monument meeting...
- 7 tips for summer travel while pregnant
- Photo gallery: Deseret News Classic 5K
- Ogden man dies following U.S. 89 motorcycle...
- First-timers and veterans among thousands to...
- Man charged with murdering UTA worker found...
- If Mitt Romney endorsed Gary Johnson,... 71
- Planned Parenthood 'CTR' campaign draws... 64
- New rule sparks debate over teacher... 48
- Utah Democrat: Kaine 'kind of person we... 24
- Sanders urges Utah and other... 24
- San Juan County residents say 'doodah'... 21
- Shurtleff exonerated, but questions and... 19
- Utah Democrats see opportunity in... 17