Texas House OK's 'Chelsea's Law' for rape victims

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 1:06 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas would adopt a version of California's 'Chelsea's Law' that mandates life in prison for certain sexual assault convictions under a bill given tentative approval in the House.

The law is named for San Diego teenager Chelsea King who was killed in 2010. King was out for a run in a state park when she was raped and killed by a 31-year-old convicted child molester.

Then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Chelsea's Law just seven months later. The Texas House on Monday gave swift preliminary approval to a Texas version without debate.

Under the Texas version, a "one strike" rule would be imposed for suspects 18 and older who are convicted of sexually assaulting a child while also binding, torturing or using a weapon against their victim.

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