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Adam’s Legacy

Posted by thelamp on August 2, 2006

 Twenty-five years ago, 6-year-old Adam Walsh was kidnapped and subsequently murdered in Florida. Part of Adam’s legacy – and that of his father, John – surely will be an important bill signed into law last week that will undoubtedly help deter and prosecute sexual predators.

The new law creates a national database of sex offenders that parents and law-enforcement officials can search to determine if a predator lives near them. Offenders would be required to register in person – the most serious offenders would be registered for life. Offenders could be sentenced to 10 years in prison for failing to keep their database information updated.

The bill also sets federal mandatory minimum sentences of 25 years for kidnapping or seriously wounding a child, and 30 years for having sex with a child under the age of 12 or for sexually assaulting a child ages 13 to 17. In addition, the bill establishes education grants and provides funds for prosecutors and forensic scientists to prosecute cases of Internet pornography.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that there are more than half a million registered sex offenders in the United States, and another 100,000 or so are either not registered or have incorrect registration information on file with local authorities.

As Senate President Bill Frist said this week, “local laws alone will not keep our kids safe from child predators.” CMC welcomes this important law, which will provide significant resources to battle pornography and violent crimes against children.



One Response to “Adam’s Legacy”

  1. Ashley said

    I was very happy to see this bill passed, i think its a step in the right direction for keeping our kids safe. I read an article today about major credit card companies joining forces with NCMEC to fight child porn online. The credit card companies will stop the purchase and the site will be found and shut down. In the past two weeks lots of good things have been happening and i am glad people are finally being proactive. I attached the link to the credit card article.

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