S.855 - Closing the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 03/25/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 03/25/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.855 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/25/2019)
Closing the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole Act of 2019
This bill makes it unlawful for a federal law enforcement officer to engage in a sexual act while acting under color of law or with an individual who is under arrest, in detention, or in custody.
Consent is not a defense to prosecution for unlawful conduct. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 15 years, or both.
Additionally, the bill authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants to states that have in effect similar laws. Grants must be used for the same purposes as formula grants under the STOP Violence Against Women Program and the Sexual Assault Services Program.