Bill No.: HB0137 Drafter: JHR
LSO No.: 09LSO-0450 Effective Date: 7/1/2009
Enrolled Act No.: HEA0031
Chapter No.: 68
Prime Sponsor: Representative Mercer
Catch Title: Videotape depositions-minors.
Subject: Adds to the list of sexual assault offenses for which a child under 12 years of age may be allowed to testify by videotape deposition.
· Under current law, the deposition of a child under 12 years of age, who is the victim of incest or first through third degree sexual assault, may be taken by videotape under court order.
· This bill expands the list of sexual assault offenses to include first through fourth degree sexual assault of a minor, for which a victim under 12 years of age may be allowed to testify by videotape deposition.
· The offenses of first through fourth degree sexual assault of a minor were enacted in 2007 Wyoming Session Laws, Chapter 159, but W.S. 7-11-408 had not been amended to include those additional offenses that may be perpetrated upon a child under 12 years of age, thereby possibly precluding courts from ordering videotape depositions of some victims of those offenses.