Wednesday, March 6, 2013

IL - Rep. Moylan Introduces Bill to Keep Child Sex Offenders Behind Bars

Rep. Marty Moylan
Original Article

The Des Plaines representative wants first-time offenders of predatory sexual assault to stay in prison for at least 20 years.

In furthering his efforts to make Illinois safer, state Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) introduced a bill that charges first-time offenders of predatory sexual assault of a child with a minimum sentence of 20 years in jail.

Children should be able to run outside with their friends and play in the mud without having to worry about being sexually assaulted by an adult,” Moylan said. “But, unfortunately this isn’t the world we live in and these predators need a sentence that reflects this fact.”

House Bill 3195 (PDF), also known as “Jessica’s Law,” states that if convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, the term of imprisonment will be a minimum of 20 years for the first offense. This legislation is in response to a twelve-year old Florida girl who was raped and killed in 2005 by a previously convicted sex offender. Currently, those who are convicted of a first-time predatory criminal sexual assault of a child can received a minimum of only six years in jail. In effect, this legislation would keep convicted predators off the streets longer, protecting future victims.

Since taking office, Moylan is making it a priority to combat crime in his district and throughout Illinois. He recently passed legislation out of the House Judiciary committee that strengthens the penalty for failing to report hazing on school grounds. Moylan hopes to have similar success with this legislation—targeting sexual predators.

Each case is heartbreaking,” Moylan said. “But I have faith this legislation will serve to deter predators and protect children throughout the State.”


deathklok said...

That's a poorly written headline. Reading it made me think juveniles were going to get life in prison. Either way; This guy's just an idiot looking for a way to pad his 'tough on crime' resume. The original is 6 year minimum and not more than 60 years which allows plenty of room for heinous cases. Does anyone on this board agree that an 18yo having sex with a 13yo deserves a minimum 20 yrs as this new amendment has been written? It seems rather draconian to me!

NJ45143112 said...

As is common these days, this guy is not so much an idiot as an opportunistic a**!! He cares little for the harm inflicted on the alleged kids and more for riding the wave of hysteria and fear that is propagated by our criminal justice system and the media...
He's little different than a certain idiot in the Harbor City, CA area that wants to put in miniature parks to force SO's to leave the only living conditions they can find...
Truthfully, I find it very hard to either forgive or reconcile the actions of people like this. They pass blanket laws without concern for the people affected: families, employers, taxpayers, friends, etc.
Power corrupts, and it always will!