AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas would adopt a version of California's 'Chelsea's Law' that mandates life in prison for certain sexual assault convictions under a bill given tentative approval in the House.
The law is named for San Diego teenager Chelsea King who was killed in 2010. King was out for a run in a state park when she was raped and killed by a 31-year-old convicted child molester.
Then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Chelsea's Law just seven months later. The Texas House on Monday gave swift preliminary approval to a Texas version without debate.
Under the Texas version, a "one strike" rule would be imposed for suspects 18 and older who are convicted of sexually assaulting a child while also binding, torturing or using a weapon against their victim.