Wednesday, August 02, 2006
GOOD NEWS AMERICA: Tough Law for Pedophiles
President Bush was joined by “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh, as hesigned a new law on Thursday, named for Walsh’s 6-yr old son, Adam, who was abducted & murdered exactly 25 years ago. The law requires convicted child molesters to be listed on a national Internet data-base and face felony charges if they fail to update their whereabouts.
It aims to help police find more than 100,000 sex offenders by creating the first national online listing of convicted molesters, which will be available to the public and searchable by ZIP code. It also calls for harsh federal punishment for sexually assaulting children, including the possibility of the death penalty when a victim is murdered.
Child advocates have called the bill the most sweeping legislation to target pedophiles in years. It establishes a federal DNA data base of convicted molesters, provides federal funding for states to track pedophiles, allows victims to sue their molesters and also dramatically increases penalties for anyone who downloads child pornography off the internet. And this is good news!