Calif. lawmaker to reintroduce rape bill

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California lawmaker says he plans to reintroduce a bill next week to expand a rape law that would include cases where a perpetrator tricks a victim into having sex by impersonating their partner.

Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian said Friday he was outraged by an appellate court ruling that relied on an arcane law to reverse a rape conviction. The panel based its decision, in part, on a law that says an impersonator looking to have sex could be found guilty of the crime only if the victim was married and the suspect pretended to be the spouse.

In 2011, Achadjian introduced a similar bill that was approved by the Assembly but stalled in a Senate committee.