Law allows prosecution without revealing minors’ names
Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Tom McMillin that protects the names and identity of minor victims of sex crimes and child abuse.
The governor signed House Bill 4725 – now Public Act 457 – which McMillin hailed as a needed shield for victims of heinous crimes.
“Now, because a minor’s name, address and other information will not be accessible through the Freedom of Information Act, more parents will be willing to press charges against abusers,” said McMillin, R-Rochester Hills. “This will allow justice to be served while keeping a child victim’s identity from the public’s view.”
The new law requires courts, police agencies and prosecutors’ offices to redact, or make unreadable, certain information in reports compiled for crime investigations, or other public documents, that would reveal the identity of a victim of a sex-related crime or child abuse if the victim was under 18 years of age.
“This is a common-sense law that protects our most vulnerable victims from the unwanted scrutiny that would follow revelation of identity,” McMillin said. “Victims of abuse or sex crimes should not have to choose between keeping their identity from public view or letting their abuser go unpunished.”