Prosecutors, Defenders Spar Over Child Sex Crime Bill

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Prosecutors and defense attorneys sparred Tuesday over a proposal that aims to increase convictions for sex crimes against children by allowing prosecutors to use evidence of prior offenses, including accusations by other children against the same defendant.

Prosecutors called the measure a “necessary tool,” while defense attorneys warned that the measure could lead to more wrongful convictions.

At a House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing, lawmakers considered House Bill 330, by Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball. The Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 12, by Joan Huffman, R-Southside Place, passed in the upper last week with the support of Lt. Gov ...

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