SALT LAKE CITY -- A Roy lawmaker's bill dealing with sex offenses against minors is the first piece of legislation to be dealt with this session by the Utah Legislature.
HB 10, sponsored by Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy, passed the House 64-4 during a short open session Monday afternoon. The bill targets sexual misconduct involving 16- or 17-year-olds, with perpetrators who are at least seven years older than the victim.
The bill will now go to the Senate for review. A similar measure passed the House last year but didn't make it onto the Senate floor before the session ended.
Greenwood cited a personal experience from more than a decade ago, when a 25-year-old man showed up at his home to date his then-16-year-old daughter. He termed the possible situation totally inappropriate.
"My experience is, these people are not more than predators," Greenwood said of older individuals, mostly men, chasing younger people who are of minor age.