Jones measure seeks to crack down on sexual abuse of foster children

Jones measure seeks to crack down on sexual abuse of foster children

LANSING— Legislation that would increase protections of foster children against sexual abuse was signed by the governor on Tuesday, said sponsor Sen. Rick Jones.

Public Act 372 would close a loophole in state law to prevent foster parents from legally having sexual intercourse with their foster children.

“When I was told about the case in Barry County I knew swift action had to be taken,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Foster homes should be safe places for children. It sickens me that someone would abuse the system in order to take in foster children for their sexual perversion.”

Recently, a foster parent in Barry County was accused of having sex with his 16- and 17–year- olds in his foster home. Some charges against the suspect could not be brought because the victims were scared to say “no” to the subject.

“I find it shocking that Michigan taxpayers were paying this man to care for the children and he was abusing them,” Jones said. “However, a major loophole has been closed and I hope an incident like this never occurs again.”
 

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