In all criminal cases, the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the accused to confront all witnesses against him or her. That is, the prosecution cannot present witnesses to a jury in a criminal case without giving the defense ample opportunity to cross-examine each witness.
However, Tacoma sex crimes defense attorneys recognize that there are some exceptions and special conditions in sexually motivated offenses involving children. These special conditions are spelled out in RCW 9A.44.120. This statute allows alleged child victims under age 10 to testify and be cross-examined outside the presence of a jury under certain conditions. However, the statute does not allow for the witness to be excused from cross-examination.
This was the issue in Washington v. Kinzle, where the Washington State Court of Appeals reversed a conviction for failure to abide by this rule.