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BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -

Lawmakers in Baton Rouge are schedule to consider a name change to at least one criminal charge.

If passed, it could help keep the identity of sex crime victims confidential.

Senate Bill 333, by Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Sulphur, changes the name of the criminal charge of incest to a crime against nature. The criminal charge of aggravated incest would become aggravated crime against nature, if the bill becomes law.

Supporters of the bill say the term 'incest' implies that the victim is a family member of the suspect charged with the crime.

The proposed law does not change the punishment or definition of the crime, only the name. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week in support of the bill.

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