Monday, November 11, 2013

Virginia PolitiFact / Bob-O-Meter November 2013: Governor McDonnell’s August 2009 Promise to Increase Penalty for Sexual Battery of Children

Politifact/Bob-O-Meter: Increase penalty for sexual battery of children, November 11, 2013
By Sean Gorman 

  • McDonnell Promised To: Elevate sexual battery, when the crime is committed by force or where the offender is an adult and the victim is three years younger, to a Class 6 felony.
  • Politifact Rules: No Action / Promise Broken
An October 2012 report by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission said boosting all sexual battery offenses to class 6 felonies would cost $5.1 million over six years to house additional inmates. 

McDonnell "will consider including funding for this initiative" in a final two-year budget he will propose to the General Assembly in December 2013.  But even if McDonnell includes the money in his budget proposal, he won't be around to see his promise through. McDonnell's term expires on Jan. 11, 2014 --  three days into next year's General Assembly session.