Saturday, July 3, 2010

NC - Senate approves bill closing sex offender loophole

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07/03/2010

By BARRY SMITH

RALEIGH — The Senate has approved a bill aimed at closing a loophole in the state sex offender registry.

The bill tries to make sure that people on sex offender registries in other states register in North Carolina when they move to this state.

We’ve closed the loophole with respect to out-of-state convicts so that out-of-state sex offenders will have to register regardless to the conviction date,” said Rep. Tim Moore (Email), R-Cleveland.

When lawmakers modified its sex-offender-registry law in 2006, it said that offenders moving to the state had to register for offenses committed on or after Dec. 1, 2006. The new bill would eliminate that loophole.

There is an unintended loophole,” Moore said.

Moore said North Carolina should not be a haven for out-of-state sex offenders.

The public has a right to know where sex offenders are living,” Moore said. “We just need to make sure we don’t have any cracks in the system so they can evade being on the list,” Moore said. “I think the registration requirement has done a lot to heighten people’s awareness and vigilance that sex offenders live among us and we can make sure people are protected.”
- Show me where the Constitution grants anybody the right to know who lives around them? Also, if they "have the right," which they don't, then what about all the other criminals who are more of a threat, who live around us? Like murderers, gang members, drug dealers/users, DUI offenders, prostitutes, thieves, etc? Don't they also have a "right" to know about all the other criminals as well?

Moore said that the sex registry can help families are looking to buy a new house.

If a family with small children is looking to buy a house somewhere, they might want to reconsider that if they’ve got a recidivist sex offender that is living next door."
- Or a serial killers or other criminal!

The sex registry provision was attached to a bill that clarifies the state’s expunction statute. It requires that officials check state and national criminal records when expunging records.

The bill will now go to the House.