Lawmaker modifies sex-assault bill targeting teens

Jun 24, 2014 1:37 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill responding to the sexual assault of a Northern California teenager who committed suicide after a photo of the attack was posted on social media is being amended to remove a mandatory two-year sentence for juvenile offenders.

Members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee objected to requiring a minimum of two years' punishment outside the home for young people convicted of sexually assaulting someone who is unconscious.

Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose dropped the mandatory punishment Tuesday, prompting the committee to approve the compromise.

SB838 still requires treatment for young sex-offenders and punishment for online harassment.

The bill is named after 15-year-old Audrie Pott. She hanged herself in 2012 after discovering that at least one humiliating photo of her was circulating among other students at Saratoga High School.

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