Indiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow courts to charge people over the age of 21 as adults for child molestation acts they committed when they were teenagers.
Supporters say they are trying to address an unintentional gap in Indiana law. They say there is no way to criminally convict those who are over 21 years old for child molestation acts they committed as teenagers.
“There’s a gap in the law where the perpetrator has no accountability,” said David Powell, a representative from the Prosecuting Attorneys Council, in a hearing about the bill March 9.
Opponents of the measure criticized the idea of charging someone as an adult for actions they committed when they were children, potentially a decade ago or longer.