NASHVILLE – State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) co-sponsored legislation that sets the minimum period of incarceration for rape of a child at 25 years as opposed to current law, which dictates a minimum of 15 years. Hill, who is known as a strong advocate for tougher laws against rapists and for victim’s rights legislation, said, “We must target those who prey on children and make absolutely sure that they are serving at least 25 years.”

The measure gained the House’s approval last night, as lawmakers voted unanimously to implement the law. Hill said he was proud to have been a part of the decision-making process, because it means so much to his district. “This truly is a victory for our children,” he stated.

“We need to take bold action to protect our children from the pain of rape or child sexual abuse,” Hill continued. “There should be no “good time” or breaks in sentencing for these offenders. This legislation is a big step in the right direction to place those who harm children behind bars and make sure they pay the full penalty of law for their horrendous actions.”