FRANKFORT, Ky. (WXIX) – A Kentucky state official is pushing to change Commonwealth incest laws.
Ed Massey (R-Hebron) filed a bill Monday after Kenton County District Attorney Rob Sanders noted that current Kentucky laws criminalize nieces and nephews committing sexual acts on their aunts and uncles, but not vice versa.
“Incest is much more common than people realize,” Sanders said. “The vast majority of children who are abused are abused by someone they know, and often it’s a parent.”
Kentucky‘s incest law dates back many years, the prosecutor said. He believes his original writers simply made a mistake.
“Kentucky managed to write an incest statue that forbade nieces and nephews from having sex with their aunts and uncles, but legalized having sex with their nieces and nephews, and that defies logic. and makes no sense,” Sanders said. .
The new bill would make both categories of sex acts illegal.
“It’s silly that we let this drag on for so long,” Sanders said. “There is an obvious drafting error. We must protect children, not adults.
This does not mean that sex offenders get away with assaulting family members. The prosecutor said they were still charged with rape and other sex crimes, but not incest.
The new bill will allow incest charges to be included in future incidents.
Sanders expects the bill to pass before the end of the current legislative session.
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