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

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Elizabeth Smart lobbies D.C. senators

Sex offender registry: The measure has already passed in the House
By Robert Gehrke
The Salt Lake Tribune

WASHINGTON - Elizabeth Smart, whose kidnapping in 2002 drew national attention, encouraged senators to approve a national sex offender registry bill that was passed by the House on Wednesday.

“I don't want to see others go through what I had to go through,” said Smart.

The legislation makes it a crime for sex offenders not to register with their state and requires states to share information when an offender moves to a new state.

It passed the House on a voice vote and has broad support, but has been delayed because Democratic members insist that it include hate crimes legislation opposed by Republican leaders.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates there are about 550,000 sex offenders in the United States, and about 150,000 have failed to register.

“I think this is a great bill and it needs to be passed,” Smart said. “I think it will affect a lot of people for good and can make our country a safer place.”

Smart was abducted from her bedroom June 5, 2002, launching a sweeping search and drawing attention from around the world. She was missing for nine months, but was found with her alleged kidnappers on March 12, 2003.

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