Attorney General testifies on sex crimes bill

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty testified before lawmakers Friday to discuss the governor’s sex crimes bill.

Geraghty told legislators he hoped his appearance would help convey the bill’s importance. He spoke before the House Judiciary Committee on HB73.

The bill provides stiffer penalties for sex offenders, expands the tools that lawyers have at their disposal to prosecute those accused of sex crimes, and create harsher sentences.

The bill is supposed to address multiple gaps in the current statute, including one which a probation officer used his position to coerce women into sexual relationships.

Public Safety Commissioner Joe Masters also spoke in order to show his department’s “steadfast commitment” to helping the governor combat domestic assault.

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Attorney General testifies on sex crimes bill