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What is the statute of limitations in KY for 1st degree rape and 1st degree sexual abuse? can one be charged for both together?

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if a child was sexually abused by a relative, would said relative be able to be charged for rape and sexual abuse, or just one charge? and how recent must it have been?

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you can likely charge both together, if not as separate charges, as alternative theories.

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There is no statute of limitations to prosecute a felony charge in KY. The victim should contact the police, Child Protective Services and the Commonwealth's Attorney Office to give the facts and seek their help. There are many statutes that govern sexual offenses in KY that may apply to the facts.

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There is no statute of limitations for felony charges in Kentucky. Both charges could apply. Of course, the longer that it takes to report may have an impact on the credibility of the witness/victim. If victim, you may contact the county prosecutor or local police. If accused, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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