AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - With the nation's oldest population, abuse and financial exploitation of seniors is a problem in Maine.
A bill before the Legislature would address that by closing a loophole and clarifying the law to protect elders who might be victimized. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a hearing on the bill, which has the support of Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick, on Wednesday.
Under Maine's current law, perpetrators are often able to avoid prosecution because of the appearance of consent by the victim.
The bill would clarify the law by attributing levels of criminal penalty in proportion to the amount of loss or extent of harm suffered by the victim.
The bill is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mark Dion of Portland, a former Cumberland County sheriff.
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