Nielsen Bill To Strengthen Rape Laws Signed By The Governor

Friday, July 13, 2012

Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) announced this afternoon that Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2078, authored by him and Senator Doug LaMalfa. This bill will further strengthen California's laws against rape. 

"I am pleased that with the governor's signature of AB 2078, we will now have the law apply to all, regardless of the color of their authority," said Nielsen. "This law was a necessary step in providing justice in our community and in preventing outrageous situations such as in the Benson case from taking place in the future."

This legislation is in direct response to the 2010 case in Shasta County, where former Anderson police officer Bryan Benson, accused of kidnapping and raping a woman in his custody, was given a 1-year plea bargain and was not required to register as a sex offender. The Shasta County District Attorney's office claimed they were unable to fully prosecute Benson because of a perceived "loophole" in the current Penal Code.

"I want to thank Assemblyman Nielsen for all his hard work on this issue and the Governor for signing this important bill," said LaMalfa.  "This law will ensure that this sort of injustice will not repeat itself."