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Kansas looks to end spousal exemption in sexual battery law


February 5, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas law that makes it a crime to grope, rub or touch others in a sexual manner without their consent doesn't apply to spouses, and state lawmakers are moving to eliminate the loophole after the same fix failed last year.

The House could debate a bill next week that would eliminate a provision in the law against sexual battery that says it does not apply when the victim is married to the offender. The law makes unwanted sexual touching, groping or grabbing a misdemeanor when no force or fear is involved and when the victim is 16 or older.

The bill cleared the Ho...

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