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Statute Of Limitations For Child Sex Abuse Poised For Change

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 15, 2013

Proposed legislation before the Missouri House could change the state’s longstanding statutes of limitations with regard to civil and criminal claims against those suspected of committing child sexual abuse. Currently, the law in Missouri, found in Missouri Revised Statutes 537.046, says that victims of child sexual abuse have a 10-year limit to file civil claims,…

Serial Hugger Arrested After Embracing Women In Suburban St. Louis

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on August 3, 2012

File this under bizarre criminal encounters. Police in Missouri say they have identified a “serial hugger” who has been terrorizing women in the St. Louis area for months. The problem from the police perspective is that they are not sure if he should face any criminal charges for his behavior. The complaints arose from some…

Missouri’s Sex Offender Registry Could Get Smaller

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on July 11, 2012

The Missouri House of Representatives recently passed a bill that could significantly decrease the number of listed registered sex offenders in the state. The bill is House Bill 1700 and it received unprecedented support from both sides of the aisle. It removes mandatory registration for some sex offenses and it creates an avenue for offenders…

Statutory Rape Case Creates Cultural Confusion

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on July 9, 2012

The state of Missouri is now dealing with an unfortunate set of events involving a middle school child, a little baby, an unsuspecting 20-something, and a distant culture. A little girl in the seventh grade went to a St. Louis abortion clinic seeking to terminate her pregnancy. The clinic called social services and social services…

Defendant From Dateline’s ‘To Catch A Predator’ Aquitted For Lack Of Evidence, Judge Hinted At Entrapment

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on August 17, 2011

Many years spent as both a St Louis prosecutor and now as a Missouri criminal defense lawyer, I have seen over aggressive law enforcement tactics which sometimes amount to entrapment or prosecutions without sufficient evidence but the cases are pursued anyway due to the nature of the crime. This is especially true in sexual assault…

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