WPR News
8:27 am
Thu January 15, 2009

Sex crime bill would keep name of accused secret

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The state senate is debating a bill that would keep the name of someone accused of committing a sex crime secret, until the case goes to a district court.

No other person accused of a felony gets similar protections, including someone accused of murder. Senator Tony Ross says a sex crime is particularly heinous crime, which is why all identities should be kept secret.

"More often then not releasing the actors name may reveal the name of the victim, even before there is a probable cause hearing," Ross said.

Ross says the bill would actually just rewrite what is currently a practice in the state. The Senate will debate the bill two more times before casting a final vote.