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Baumgart says the legislation will close loopholes in the law that hampered prosecution of Phillip K. Buck for his role in preying on teen-age girls. The proposed bill, Senate Bill 213, would classify any action "causing the mutilation of a child" as a Class E felony, with a fine of $10,000 and maximum imprisonment of up to five years.
However, if during the mutilation of the child, the child suffers "great bodily harm," the offender faces the same fine and imprisonment of up to ten years, which is a Class D felony.
If the offender goes the next step and "consumes the child's blood," the person is guilty of a Class C felony, and could face fines of $10,000 and up to fifteen years imprisonment.
Buck had pleaded no contest to fourth-degree sexual assault and causing bodily harm to a child. He was sentenced to ten years and nine months prison time for cutting several teen-age girls with a razor (or encouraging them to cut themselves with a razor), then drinking their blood.
"This would protect juveniles from exploitation of people that want to get into this kind of sadistic ritual. If adults want to do that, it's one thing," said Baumgart.
"If adults want to do it, that's one thing?" Shouldn't that be criminalized too? Hard to believe such laws aren't already on the books.-HP