Thursday, November 15, 2012

MI - Bill limits rights of sex offender parents

Amy Carn
Original Article


By Christine Ferretti

Allen Park — Amy Carns is battling to prevent her 5-year-old daughter from being alone with her ex-husband, a convicted sex offender.

Carns says it's been an uphill fight because the state doesn't have a proper statute to protect children from potentially being victims of sex offender parents.

The 31-year-old Allen Park mother joined forces with state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, D-Taylor, to draft the Children's Protection Act, a bill expected to go before the Legislature by the end of the year. It would ensure that judges don't grant custody to sex offender parents who pose a risk.

"There are so many children at risk today," Carns said at a Wednesday news conference. "Children are our future and they need to be protected. Period."

Senate Bill 989 was introduced by Hopgood in February and would require Michigan judges to rule that there is no determinable risk and state in writing that a child will be safe in the custody of a parent who is a known sex offender or else custody would be denied. The law would only pertain to the most serious offenders, he said.

"This is a common sense provision that frankly should already be on the books," he said.

Carns said her daughter was an infant when her former husband, [name withheld], was arrested for soliciting children on the Internet for sex.

He served 17 months in prison.

Legal analyst Charlie Langton said the bill — like the state's sex offender registry — gives judge's discretion and is "another safeguard" for children.


dlc88 said...

Again, these people are showing how they have become sheeple to the media hysteria.

Loneranger said...

If they want to destroy thousands of families this is the way to do it. It's not just that a judge has the right to take away perinatal rights from someone with a sex offence on a discretionary basis it's across the board. Every sex offender in this state will have to prove it's in their child's best interests. Making thousands of court cases and could result in removing the registrant from his home until resolved and this could take years. End result would be most offenders families would be destroyed. How far are they willing to go to destroy families? The hype attached to this is enormous. Given that sex offenders are the least likely to offend and to offend against own children is one of the lowest categories of residuum. So how destructive is a law like this? Have they given any thought to the impact of every family having to prove they should be able to stay together? The way this is written it's a blank check full of loopholes to promote abuse of these families. Once again they are trying to save that one child. Maybe in part this is a good idea as some people should not have their kids. However this IMO has few if any limits as it's much to inclusive.