Gov. Baker set to sign sexual assault evidence bill into law
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to sign a bill that would require sexual assault evidence to be preserved for at least 15 years in unreported cases.
Current state law requires that evidence from unreported sexual assaults be held for only 6 months unless the victim files a formal report to law enforcement or requests the kit evidence be held longer.
After that, the evidence may be destroyed or sent back to the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction.
The Massachusetts House and Senate approved the bill last week. Baker will sign the measure Wednesday.
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