The Governor has signed into law a bill inspired by Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney, and championed by a Central Coast legislator which is intended to close a loophole in rape laws.
AB 65 says an attacker who coerces a victim into sexual activity by impersonating someone else can be prosecuted for felony rape, regardless of the marital status of the victim.
The legislation was prompted by a case in Santa Barbara County where a man broke into a home, and pretending to be the victim’s boyfriend, initiated sexual activity. Even though the suspect was caught, the DA discovered he couldn’t be prosecuted because the victim lived with her boyfriend, and not a spouse.
District Attorney Joyce Dudley took the loophole problem to Republican Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian of San Luis Obispo, who co-authored the legislation to fix the problem.