Congress Urged to Pass Sex Offender Legislation Before End of Year

By Melanie Hunter Senior Editor
November 22, 2005

( – The host of “America’s Most Wanted,” a national
television show credited with the apprehension and recovery of hundreds
of fugitives and 41 missing kids, is calling on Congress to pass sex
offender legislation before the end of the year.

H.R. 3132 and S. 1086, if approved by Congress would close the loopholes
in the current system which allows sex offenders to evade law enforcement
and continue to prey on kids. There are 550,000 registered sex offenders
in the U.S., and at least 100,000 are missing from the system.

John Walsh, co-founder and national spokesperson for the National Center
for Missing & Exploited Children whose own son was killed in 1981, said
sex offender legislation is critical to strengthen the law to protect
children from predators by creating a comprehensive national system to
register sex offenders and notify the community.

“How many more children and other victims need to suffer before our
elected officials do the right thing and pass this legislation,” said
Walsh, host of AMW.

“Enough is enough. We see what these predators do and we know how easily
they disappear. Congress needs to act now and pass legislation
immediately. They owe it to Carlie Brucia, Jessica Lunsford, Shasta
Groene and all the other precious children who were abducted, abused and
murdered by repeat sex offenders.”

“We can’t wait another week, another month, and another year, for this
legislation to become law. Statistics from the U.S. Justice Department
show that 67 percent of reported sexual assault victims are children,”
said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children.

“This is powerful testimony to the fact that children are at risk and we
must do something to stop it. Passing this legislation, this year will be
a step forward in helping to reduce that risk,” added Allen.

The sex offender legislation H.R. 3132 is sponsored in the House by
Congressmen James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) and Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and S.
1086 is sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Joseph
Biden (D-Del.), and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

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