David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Friday, February 17, 2006

Senator Denham's bill would require 20 years of tracking for child molesters

Senator Jeff Denham (R-Merced) introduced today Senate Bill 1313 requiring 20 years of electronic tracking for released sex offenders who were convicted of child molestation.

“A decade ago, California was thought to be the toughest state on sex offenders. Yet, we have learned a loophole exists in our law where many of the offenders refuse treatment and leave jail without any treatment,” said Denham. “Today, nearly 30,000 sex offenders are currently not accounted for in California. Due to the loophole in Megan’s Law, many sex offenders will be unmonitored, forcing undue burden and expense on local law enforcement to track down these individuals. This measure would help ensure from here on out that law enforcement would know the exact location of these predators at all times.”

Senate Bill 1313 specifically requires 20 years of electronic monitoring of anyone released from prison who is convicted of lewd or lascivious acts on a child under the age of twelve. The bill is modeled after Florida’s Jessica’s Law. Last year, Denham’s SB 722, which would have required lifetime tracking of these sex offenders who get released, was defeated in the Senate Public Safety Committee on a party-line vote.

Denham continued, “If I had my way, none of these sexual offenders would ever get released, but unfortunately they are let out, so they need to be watched under a magnifying glass. Many of these criminals return to society repeating their prior crimes by trying to lure innocent children into performing these lewd acts. With today’s access to the internet, it makes our children even more accessible to these predators. As a parent, I know that nothing is more important than the safety of our children.”

Jessica’s Law was named after a 9-year-old Florida girl, Jessica Lunsford, who was found dead last year after convicted sex offender John Evander Couey led authorities to her body. Police say Couey has admitted to sexually assaulting and burying Lunsford alive. Couey had recently moved and had not alerted police as to his new residence as part of that state’s requirement under Megan’s Law.

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Last month another bill by Senator Denham, SB 722 (lifetime tracking of child molesters) was killed in the Senate Public Safety Committee.

Senators Charles Poochigian (R-Fresno) and Bob Margett (R-Arcadia) voted aye, while Senators Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara), Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), and Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) voted no.

Anyone seeing a pattern here?

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