Governor Signs Audrie’s Law on Juvenile Sex Offenders Ending Long Push by Saratoga High Student’s Parents

SACRAMENTO (KRON) — Governor Jerry Brown has signed Audrie’s Law, named for Saratoga High School student Audrie Pott who committed suicide after pictures of her being sexually assaulted circulated on social media.

The law allows court proceedings for juveniles charged with sex crimes to be open to the public, would require young people convicted of sex crimes to complete treatment programs where available, and remove the option of paying a fine or performing community service to dismiss sex crimes charges for juveniles.

Audrie Pott’s family pushed the law after their daughter’s suicide.

“Thanks to the vision of Audrie’s family — Larry and Lisa Pott, and Sheila Pott — we have changed the law to ensure victims of sexual assault can and will receive justice through our courts,” Senator Jim Beall who sponsored the legislation said in a written statement. “Audrie’s law closes loopholes that have served to protect sex offenders, not victims. Getting this bill passed was a difficult challenge. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen and his staff were instrumental in shaping this legislation and providing guidance on key legal issues.”

The three teenage boys who confessed to attacking Audrie Pott served 30 and 45-day sentences for the crimes.

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