From KIMA TV:
Former Yakima School of Karate instructor Paul Daniel Barr was back in court Friday to get 3 out of the 5 counts revised. According to prosecutors, the statute of limitations for two counts of child rape and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor had run out. The law provides that an alleged victim must report the crime within a certain amount of time after the incident or just a couple years after the reporting party turns 18-years-old.
Barr will instead be charged with indecent liberties and two counts of voyeurism. He still faces life in prison if found guilty because two of the original child rape charges for one victim has not changed.
The Washington state statute of limitations for rape which still includes a provision that rapes of adults and most teenages must be reported within 1 year needs to be eliminated. There are many situations where teens and adults do not feel safe reporting rape within that first year. This requirements allows rapists in Washington state to breathe a sigh of relief one year and one day after rape and effectively reduces the statute of limitations to one year for many rapes including my own.
That is unacceptable.