Assemblymen offer more protection against sex offenders
by Lisa A. Fraser
Mar 01, 2012 | 208 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In two separate moves, assemblymen Mike Miller and Phillip Goldfeder have taken steps to improve protection for children against sex offenders by introducing bills that aim to keep them as far away from children as possible.

Miller recently sponsored a bill that would automatically place a child sex offender at Level 3 – the highest level – regardless of how violent the act was.

Whether forcing sexual performance of a child or promoting prostitution or committing incest on a victim less than 11 years old, the offender will be considered Level 3.

He also sponsored another bill that, if passed, would authorize the court to order sex offenders on probation who have had their probation revoked to terms of imprisonment, which run consecutively to sentences already served.

In other words, if a sex offender who has done their time and is out on parole but molests again, the bill will force them to serve their next sentencing and parole consecutively.

“It keeps them in prison for longer and away from the kids,” Miller said.

Goldfeder recently sponsored legislation that would prohibit owners of multiple dwellings, such as apartment complexes, from hiring Level 2 or Level 3 offenders as a building superintendent or manager.

Another bill would keep Level 3 offenders from working within 500 feet of a school or daycare.

And a third bill would require all Level 3 offenders to have a new photo taken every 90 days, a measure that would ensure that the most dangerous offenders are easily recognizable.

“Last November, diligent residents of Lindenwood were distressed when they discovered that a convinced sex offender had moved into their neighborhood by sheer coincidence and not through standard protocol,” Goldfeder said in a statement.

Goldfeder said that he has since made protecting children one of his “chief legislative agendas.”

“While we do all we can to keep these dangerous sex offenders away from our children, we also need to stay vigilant and informed to the dangers out there,” he said.
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