CONCORD, N. H. – A police officer says a New Hampshire bill that required confirmation in sexual assault cases where the defendant has no previous convictions, the nation’s first “pedophile protection act”.
Concord police Sgt. Sean Ford spoke Tuesday in front of a House committee that is the testimony on the bill.
The existing law does not require confirmation of a sex attack.
Republican Rep. William Marsh says he sponsored the bill after learning about the case of Foad Afshar, a New Hampshire psychotherapist who was convicted last year of molesting a minor client during a session. Afshar denies the allegations. His supporters say that the change is essential for ensuring innocent people are not convicted.
Opponents say that it will silence victims, especially children, and allow predators to remain free.