House bill seeks to close Schneider Loophole

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska The Alaska House of Representatives has passed a bill that will strengthen sex crime laws. House Bill 14 passed 36 to 1 on Saturday and now moves to the senate for consideration. The bill would close a loophole brought to light by a 2018 crime.

Justin Schneider pleaded guilty to choking and masturbating on a victim but received no jail time, outraging many Alaskans. The plea deal illuminated the fact that ejaculating on a person without their consent could not be prosecuted as a sex crime in Alaska and became known as the Schneider Loophole.

HB 14 seeks to change this.