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Rapists may have to pay child support under bill in the Utah Legislature

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Posted at 8:43 AM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 10:43:26-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Convicted rapists would have to pay child support if someone is born out of a sexual assault, according to a new bill unveiled in the Utah State Legislature.

Rep. Robert Spendlove, R-Sandy, filed House Bill 426 on Thursday. It would require convicted sex offenders to pay child support, but only if the victim requests it through the courts.

The bill would also prohibit that convicted sex offender from getting child visitation or custody, unless the guardian of that child consents.

Read the bill here.