January 13, 2006

Bills take on sex offenders

WASHINGTON
The News Tribune

JOSEPH TURNER; The News Tribune
Published: January 13th, 2006 02:30 AM

When a child is raped, does it matter whether the attacker is a stranger or a father, stepfather, brother, teacher, coach or priest?
To state lawmakers it does.

House Democrats and Republicans are filing a batch of get-tough-on-sex-predator bills to be considered during the 60-day session that began Monday, and the relationship between child victim and attacker appears to be the point on which they differ most.

Rep. Jan Shabro, R-Bonney Lake, and her Republican colleagues want rapists and child molesters to face a minimum of 25 years in prison, regardless of whether they are strangers or a member of the victimís family or otherwise known to the victim.

Posted by kshaw at January 13, 2006 07:55 AM