Texas congressman’s bill addresses child sexual assault on military bases

(NBC) - A congressman who represents Fort Hood has introduced legislation to change how authorities handle crimes, including sexual assault that the children of service members commit on military bases.

An investigation by the Associated Press revealed this month how neither victims nor offenders may receive justice after sexual assault on bases at home and abroad.

Representative John Carter’s bill directs the Pentagon to negotiate with state and local authorities over accepting criminal cases from bases where federal law prevails.

The action would expand an agreement Carter pushed between Fort Hood and neighboring counties, which unlike the military have systems to handle juvenile offenders.

The bill does not address funding, which is an issue the Austin American-Statesman highlighted as one concern.