Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 556
Preliminary Provisions (Criminal Code)

August 28, 2015
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Beginning January 1, 2017--Time limitations for prosecutions for sexual offenses involving a person under eighteen.

556.037. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 556.036, prosecutions for unlawful sexual offenses involving a person eighteen years of age or under must be commenced within thirty years after the victim reaches the age of eighteen unless the prosecutions are for rape in the first degree, forcible rape, attempted rape in the first degree, attempted forcible rape, sodomy in the first degree, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, kidnapping in the first degree, attempted sodomy in the first degree, or attempted forcible sodomy in which case such prosecutions may be commenced at any time.

(L. 1987 H.B. 598 § 18, A.L. 1990 H.B. 1370, et al., A.L. 1997 H.B. 104, A.L. 2004 H.B. 1055 merged with H.B. 1487, A.L. 2011 S.B. 54, A.L. 2013 H.B. 215, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Effective 1-01-17

CROSS REFERENCES:

Childhood sexual abuse damage action, time limitation on bringing action after August 28, 1990, 537.046

Statute of limitation in action for damages for sexual contact with person within third degree of consanguinity or affinity, 516.371




2013

556.037. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 556.036, prosecutions for unlawful sexual offenses involving a person eighteen years of age or under must be commenced within thirty years after the victim reaches the age of eighteen unless the prosecutions are for rape in the first degree, forcible rape, attempted rape in the first degree, attempted forcible rape, sodomy in the first degree, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, attempted sodomy in the first degree, or attempted forcible sodomy in which case such prosecutions may be commenced at any time.



2011

556.037. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 556.036, prosecutions for unlawful sexual offenses involving a person eighteen years of age or under must be commenced within thirty years after the victim reaches the age of eighteen unless the prosecutions are for forcible rape, attempted forcible rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, or attempted forcible sodomy in which case such prosecutions may be commenced at any time.



2004

556.037. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 556.036, prosecutions for unlawful sexual offenses involving a person eighteen years of age or under must be commenced within twenty years after the victim reaches the age of eighteen unless the prosecutions are for forcible rape, attempted forcible rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, or attempted forcible sodomy in which case such prosecutions may be commenced at any time.



1997

556.037. The provisions of section 556.036, to the contrary notwithstanding, prosecutions for unlawful sexual offenses involving a person eighteen years of age or under must be commenced within ten years after the victim reaches the age of eighteen.



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