Lucido’s stricter punishments for repeat child abusers become law

Lucido’s stricter punishments for repeat child abusers become law

Senator Peter Lucido

LANSING, Mich. — Repeat child abusers will now face increased penalties after a pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Peter J. Lucido were signed into law on Tuesday.

“We cannot tolerate criminals who prey upon and abuse children,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “These new laws will make sure that repeat child abusers receive harsher punishment for their crimes.”

Senate Bills 29 and 30 strengthen penalties for second-, third-, or fourth-degree child abuse when an individual convicted of the crime has a prior conviction for child abuse in any degree.

A person convicted of second-degree child abuse with a prior conviction for child abuse in any degree now faces a felony charge punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years.

Those convicted of third-degree child abuse with a prior conviction face a felony charge punishable by imprisonment for up to five years.

A person convicted of fourth-degree child abuse with a prior conviction faces a felony charge punishable by imprisonment for up to two years.

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