Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 3/10/2015

Baltimore City Council voted unanimously on a resolution that urges state lawmakers to allow prior conduct evidence against sexual perpetrators admissible in court.

The resolution approved by the council last night, supports the efforts of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby who

is currently pushing for State legislators to follow the federal guidelines that allow prior sexual offenses, by a convicted sexual predator be admitted into evidence.

“I am pleased to have the City Council support me in my efforts to get justice for sexual assault victims and in putting their assailants behind bars, “said Mosby.

One in five Maryland women will experience rape in their lifetime. In 2013 alone, there were 1,169 forcible rapes reported in Maryland. These numbers fail to capture the countless unreported rapes and assaults that occur each year.

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clark who supports Mosby’s proposed legislation said, “This bill represents an effort for fairness and balance in sexual assault cases. The victims should not be the only ones who have their past history presented in evidence.”

This Legislative Session, Mosby drafted and secured sponsorship for legislation to make it easier to prosecute these heinous crimes and lock up repeat offenders.

“Serial rapist should not be able to get away with repeatedly raping women because prosecutors are prohibited from introducing information about their past crimes in each new trial,” said Mosby. “This bill will allow prosecutors to introduce evidence of past sex crimes and abuse of minors regardless of the outcome of that case and it bring Maryland into compliance with Federal Rules of Evidence ensuring that serial rapists are not able to hide from their past in court.”