Remember state Sen. Joe Simitian’s annual “There Oughta Be A Law” contest? Well, here’s a new law, signed last Friday, that oughta been on that list. Thanks to Assembly Bill 2078 it will now be illegal for a police officer to have sex with detainees.
The bill, which was authored by Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) and goes into effect Jan. 1, was made in response to an Anderson police officer, Bryan Benson, being accused of raping a woman he was transporting to jail for booking. Benson argued that the sex was consensual, although he did plead guilty to a lesser charge than sexual assault.
It’s disturbing that sworn officers would think it as OK to have sex on the job. This guy learned the hard way. (No pun intended.) But these are the times we live in, when common sense requires rules on the books.