Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 2078, authored by both him and Senator Doug LaMalfa was advanced through the Assembly Public Safety Committee today, with all parties in favor of the bill.
"The passage of this bill in the Public Safety committee makes it now very clear that, individuals cannot commit these serious crimes under the color of their authority and receive unjustified leniency," said Nielsen.
This legislation is in direct response to the 2010 case in Shasta County, when 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.
"Assemblyman Nielsen has done a good job in gathering support for this needed reform. It should be a no brainer that those who commit crimes, no mater of their status, are punished equally," said Senator LaMalfa. "I look forward to the passage of Assembly Bill 2078 through the Assembly and I will be advocating for it when considered in the Senate."