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AB-640 Sex crimes: investigation and prosecution.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 08/30/2019 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 640
CHAPTER 177

An act to amend Section 13836 of the Penal Code, relating to sex crimes.

[ Approved by Governor  August 30, 2019. Filed with Secretary of State  August 30, 2019. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 640, Frazier. Sex crimes: investigation and prosecution.
Existing law requires the Office of Emergency Services to establish an advisory committee to develop a training course for district attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases, child sexual exploitation cases, and child sexual abuse cases, including training in the unique emotional trauma experienced by victims of those crimes.
This bill would require that training course to also cover the investigation and prosecution of sexual abuse cases involving victims with developmental disabilities.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13836 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

13836.
 The Office of Emergency Services shall establish an advisory committee which shall develop a course of training for district attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases, child sexual exploitation cases, child sexual abuse cases, and sexual abuse cases involving victims with developmental disabilities, and shall approve grants awarded pursuant to Section 13837. The courses shall include training in the unique emotional trauma experienced by victims of these crimes.
It is the intent of the Legislature in the enactment of this chapter to encourage the establishment of sex crime prosecution units, which shall include, but not be limited to, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse cases, in district attorneys’ offices throughout the state.