According to the Tennessee criminal code, both aggravated rape & especially aggravated kidnapping are Class A felonies with 15-year-SoL’s. But I am wondering about this proviso in the section on criminal procedure:
*No period during which the party charged conceals the fact of the crime, or during which the party charged was not usually and publicly resident within the state, is included in the period of limitation.
[Code 1858, § 4988; Shan., § 6947; mod. Code 1932, § 11488; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 40-205]*
I don’t know what would be required for concealing the fact of the crime. As I envision the scenario, the protagonist’s husband, around the age of 18 or 19 abducted and raped the victim; it’s about 16 years later, and he’s never left the state in the interim. He was never a suspect; in fact I don’t think the victim ever made a complaint. Would the mere fact of not coming forward and confessing count as “concealing the fact of the crime”?