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My grandson wants to press charges against his father

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My grandson wants to...

My grandson wants to press charges against his father aledging that he molested my step granddaughter. My son says that it never happened. Can he be arrested. My granddaughter says it never happened

Lawyer's Assistant: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when did this happen?

California 5 years ago

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

5 years ago it was dismissed because it never happened

Submitted: 19 days ago.Category: Family Law
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. I am afraid that if the authorities believe the claim, then they can try to prosecute him.

There is a 10 year statute of limitations for child molestation in California. However, the alleged action can also be prosecuted within one year of whenever a victim tells the police - even past the 10 year mark. This essentially renders the 10 year statute of limitations pointless.

So yes, he can still be charged.

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