DeSantis eliminates statute of limitations for adults subjecting children to ‘sexual performances’

DeSantis eliminates statute of limitations for adults subjecting children to ‘sexual performances’ by Matt Lamb for Life Site News

Another Texas has lawmaker said he will introduce legislation to ban children from attending drag shows and other sexualized performances.

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Tuesday that eliminated the statute of limitation for adults who subject children to “sexual performances.”

Previously, the law required prosecution to begin within three years of the crime being committed.

Senate Bill 1244, passed unanimously by both chambers of the Florida legislature, allows for prosecution at any time for “specified violations relating to sexual performance by a child” if the offender was 18 years or older.

The law, which goes into effect on July 1, could be used to prosecute adults who subject children to drag shows. The law will apply to any sex offenses that occur on July 1 or later.

According to Florida statutes, an individual “is guilty of promoting a sexual performance by a child when, knowing the character and content thereof, he or she produces, directs, or promotes any performance which includes sexual conduct by a child less than 18 years of age.” The same applies to people who produce child pornography, including the filming of a “sexual performance by a child.”

The law also allows for prosecution without time limits of for anyone who “Encourag[ed], forc[ed], or entic[ed] any person less than 16 years of age to engage in sadomasochistic abuse, sexual bestiality, prostitution, or any other act involving sexual activity.”

Bill author Audrey Gibson, a Democrat, wrote the legislation to help people like Gail Gardner, a victim of sexual assault who waited decades to get her case investigated and prosecuted, according to WESH 2.

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