The Child Safety Act of 2005
By Matthew C.
Please Note: Since the time that I wrote this
article, the "act" was passed and signed into law by the president.
However, significant needs to be done to continue to protect our children
on a state-by-state basis. You only need to follow news reports to see
that too many legal loopholes remain in place.
Important legislation has been
introduced which, if passed, would go a long way toward protecting our
nation's children from sexual predators. The proposed The Child Safety
Act of 2005 would increase criminal penalties against convicted child
molesters as well as close loopholes in laws that allow predators to roam
free. Let's take a look at the pending legislation and how you can play an
important part in seeing that it becomes law.
also known as The Child Safety Act of 2005, was introduced by
Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the chairman of the House
Judiciary Committee, on July 26th as a response to several high profile
crimes involving children. Each crime committed involved the kidnapping,
sexual exploitation, and murder of the victims by predators including
these three cases:
Onstott, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder of 13 year old
Sarah Lunde. Law enforcement officials say that Onstott, a registered sex
offender, confessed to breaking in to the home of the teen and choking her
to death. Her body was found one week later in an abandoned fishing pond
near her home.
Evander Couey, 46, has been charged with capital murder, burglary,
kidnapping, and sexual battery on a child under the age of 12, as a result
of breaking into Jessica Lunsford's home while she was sleeping. Couey
reportedly confessed to repeatedly raping the child and then buried her
alive in the backyard of his home located in Jessica's neighborhood.
Edward Duncan III, 42, has been charged with the murder of four
individuals from one family as well as the kidnapping and rape of two
children. Duncan stalked the Groene family home for several days before
overpowering and killing three family members and kidnapping the two
youngest children. One of the children, Dylan Groene, was later murdered
while his sister, Shasta, was rescued.
three cases the perpetrators all had a criminal history -- often extensive
-- and were able to allude the law by failing to register as sex
offenders. The Child Safety Act of 2005 will include the following
provisions as outlined in the press conference handout distributed by
Sex Offender Registration and Notification Program to ensure that sex
offenders register, and keep current, where they reside, work and attend
verification systems for sex offender information by requiring monthly
verification, sex offender in-person verification every six months, and
regular notarized verification mailings
States to have a uniform, public access sex offender registration website
Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website to search for sex offender
information in each community
sex offenders to include juvenile sex offenders
States to notify each other when sex offender moves from one State to
sex offenses covered by registration and notification requirements to
include military, tribal, foreign, sex crimes, and increases duration of
registration requirements to protect the public
community notification requirements to include active efforts to inform
law enforcement agencies, schools, public housing, social service agencies
and volunteer organizations in area where sex offender resides, works or
new criminal penalty of mandatory minimum of 5 years to maximum of 20
years for sex offender who fails to comply with registration requirements
law enforcement use of DNA to solve sex crimes
and deters violent crimes against children and sexual exploitation of
foster children from sexual abuse and exploitation
criminal penalties against child sexual predators
part can you play in protecting our children? Contact your two U.S.
Senators as well as your House Representative and ask them to support the
bill. Kindly, but firmly, stress that our children must be
protected against repeat sexual offenders and that HR 3132 -- The Child
Safety Act of 2005 -- should be passed as one way to help keep our
of our kids fall prey to sexual predators. You can have a part in
tightening loopholes that allow these monsters to roam free. Our children
deserve nothing less.
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