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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Apr 18, 2014

Under the new “Child Protection Act,” a person accused of sexually abusing a child multiple times will receive a single trial, allowing a victimized child to testify only once in court. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, and Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman. Rep. Dean told the Chattanoogan he has been working on the bill for nearly three years alongside the District Attorney’s Conference and the Tennessee Bar Association. The bill cleared both the House and Senate with a unanimous vote and is now on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.