California bill to end time limit on rape charges advances

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance in Norristown, Pa. Cosby is due in Pennsylvania court for a key hearing in his criminal sex-assault case. The preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to send the 78-year-old entertainer to trial. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are advancing a bill eliminating the state’s 10-year time limit to bring rape and child molestation charges after several women were precluded from bringing cases against actor Bill Cosby.

SB813 would apply to crimes committed in the future. It would not allow Cosby’s accusers to seek prosecution for sexual assault they say he committed decades ago.

Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations made by dozens of women around the country, some claims dating to the 1960s.

Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach says rape is such a heinous crime that statutes of limitations are inappropriate.

The Assembly voted unanimously Thursday to send SB813 back to the Senate.

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