Rape bill signed into law

Bill to strengthen rape prosecution becomes law

GREENFIELD — “Jenny’s Law,” which strengthens prosecution on rape, was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mike Pence.

The legislation, written by Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield, stems from Greenfield native Jenny Wendt Ewing, who was raped in 2005 but could not press charges when her assailant confessed in 2014 because of the state’s statute of limitations.

The new law allows a person to be charged with rape if DNA evidence is discovered, if recorded evidence is discovered or if a person confesses to the crime.