Children; expands scope of rape shield statute to include prosecution for taking indecent liberties. (HB3085)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Shannon (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Admission of evidence; taking indecent liberties. Expands the scope of the rape shield statute to include prosecutions for taking indecent liberties with children under 18.2-370, 18.2-370.01, or 18.2-370.1. Currently, the statute only applies to prosecutions of criminal sexual assault under Article 7 ( 18.2-61 et seq.) of Chapter 4 of Title 18.2. This bill also adds 18.2-370.01 (taking indecent liberties with a child under the age of 14 by a child over the age of 13 and under the age of 18 where the accused is five or more years older than the victim) to the list of offenses where the court may, on its own motion or at the request of the Commonwealth, the complaining witness, the accused or their counsel, exclude all persons from the courtroom during preliminary hearings except officers of the court and certain other persons whose presence the court finds is necessary and will not impair the conduct of a fair hearing. Read the Bill »


04/04/2007: enacted


01/17/2007Presented and ordered printed 079122502
01/17/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2007Assigned Courts sub: Criminal Law
02/03/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Read second time and engrossed
02/06/2007Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/06/2007Communicated to Senate
02/07/2007Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2007Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Read third time
02/20/2007Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2007Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB3085ER)
03/01/2007Signed by Speaker
03/02/2007Signed by President
03/04/2007Signed by President
03/26/2007Governor's recommendation received by House
04/03/2007Placed on Calendar
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter (effective 7/1/07)
04/04/2007House concurred in Governor's recommendation (100-Y 0-N)
04/04/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/04/2007Reenrolled bill text (HB3085ER2)
04/04/2007Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/04/2007Signed by President as reenrolled
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter 890 (effective 7/1/07)
04/11/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0890)