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Dr. Drew,

Here are the highlights of the law we discussed on your show last week. Feel free to tweet fwd any questions my way. @drlisastrohman 

Highlights of SB 145:

  • ANY ADULT convicted of sodomy, oral sex, or of having sexual relations with someone under the age of 18, or who is over 21 and has sex with someone that is under 16, does not have to register as a sex offender if the adult is within 10 years of the minor victim.  SB 145 It falls under California Penal code Title 9 (Crimes against the person involving sexual assault, and crimes against public decency and good. (Codes 261-368.7).  Chapter 5, specifically “Bigamy, Incest and Crimes Against Nature (281-289.6) are what this law is targeting.

 

  • The law does NOT have an age minimum that protects children (For example, an 18 year old convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old would not be required to register as a sex offender.)

 

  • The law is not specific to LGBTQ, which nullifies the argument of the bill’s supporters who say it is necessary to protect the LGBTQ community against unfair prosecution. Technically, only section 286 (sodomy) is applicable to the LBGTQ community

Dr. Lisa Strohman