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Senate expected to vote on law to punish child predators

Posted June 11, 2008 4:27 p.m. EDT


— The state Senate is expected to vote soon on "Jessica's Law" to impose tougher sentences on child predators.

The law, named girl raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender in Florida in 2005, has been stalled in the legislature.

Sen. David Hoyle (D, Gaston County) is the sponsor of the bill. "You violate a child in a sexual manner and you've got no more rights, in my opinion," he said. The bill would impose longer mandatory sentences in child molestation cases, plus longer and more stringent registration when offenders get out of prison.

On Wednesday, supporters brought a petition with 40,000 signatures to Hoyle to present to his senate colleagues.

Hoyle predicts Jessica's Law will pass the Senate this week. It passed the House last year.