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H.R. 6568 (115th): Closing the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole Act of 2018

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Should police officers or law enforcement officers be allowed to have sex with somebody in their custody — even if both parties consent?


About one out of six law enforcement officers charged with sexual assault between 2006 and 2016 were either acquitted or had the charges dropped by acknowledging the sex but claiming it was consensual.

The federal government allows consent to be used a defense when law enforcement officials acknowledge having sex with somebody in protective custody. More than half the states allow the consent defense as well.

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Jackie Speier

Sponsor. Representative for California's 14th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 26, 2018
Length: 6 pages
Jul 26, 2018
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 26, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Jul 26, 2018

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H.R. 6568 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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