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Senate OKs bill to help prosecutors combat sex crimes

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FRANKFORT, KY (AP) -

 Kentucky lawmakers have taken another step toward closing a legal loophole in some sex-abuse cases if the young victims can't provide specific dates and places of the alleged abuse.
    
The measure, which is Senate Bill 60, sailed through the state Senate on a 36-0 vote Thursday.
    
A similar bill has already passed the House.
    
The bills stem from a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned a man's conviction of assaulting his 6-year-old stepdaughter multiple times over a five-month period.
    
The measures would close the loophole by creating a "continuous course of conduct" law.
    
That would allow children or vulnerable adults to testify to a pattern of abuse without being penalized for not remembering the exact dates and places the abuse occurred.

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