Kupchick & Devlin get tougher on GPS stalking

To better protect victims of stalking, State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) supported legislation to include the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) into the existing criminal laws on stalking.

The legislation, HB-6971, An Act Concerning the Use of a Global Positioning System http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&which_year=2015&bill_num=6971, states stalking in the 3rd degree is a class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by 6 months in jail.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

“With today’s modern technology, stalkers are able to use GPS devices to terrorize and instill fear in victims. Hopefully this law will give victims some level of comfort,” said Rep. Kupchick.

“No victim should ever be fearful of being stalked, by low or high technology. This law will move to stamp this criminal practice out,” said Rep. Devlin.

The State’s Victim Advocate, Natasha Pierre testified at the Public Safety committee public hearing that her office supports this legislation to include the use of a GPS as an unlawful method of stalking.

State Rep. Laura Devlin

State Rep. Laura Devlin

Current state law says a person is guilty of stalking in the third degree when such person recklessly causes another person to reasonably fear for his or her physical safety by willfully and repeatedly following, or lying in wait for such other person. The bill will now include the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) into the law.

This bill passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and now moves to the State Senate.

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