Child sexual offenses; creates number of new crimes labeled indecent liberties with children. (HB574)

Introduced By

Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child sex offenses. Creates a number of new crimes labeled "indecent liberties with children" that mirror, and expand upon, existing offenses but with new victim age classifications and specific offender classifications. The bill also provides that any person who is convicted of such an offense and was previously convicted of such an offense or of any offense set forth in subsection B of 18.2-67.5:2 (felony sexual assaults) shall upon conviction be sentenced to the maximum term authorized for the offense and shall not have all or any part of his sentence suspended. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084526784
01/08/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/09/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB574)
01/16/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/01/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2008Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB574)
02/04/2008Committee substitute printed 080843784-H1
02/04/2008Impact statement from VCSC (HB574H1)
02/05/2008Assigned App. sub: Public Safety (Sherwood)
02/05/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB574H1)
02/12/2008Left in Appropriations


cvllelaw writes:

There is one really screwy part of this bill that I assume is an error -- section B reads:

A parent, step-parent, grandparent, or step-grandparent of a victim who was less than 15 years of age at the time of the violation is guilty of a felony punishable by confinement in a state correctional facility for a term of not less than two nor more than 10 years and by a fine of not more than $100,000.

Surely they mean that if the offender is the parent, etc., of a child under 15, that parent is subject to enhanced penalties. As it is worded now, it provides that the parent of the child gets locked up without regard for whether the parent actually violated the law.