Local Politics

Sex offender monitoring law passes N.C. Senate

Posted July 1, 2008 4:57 p.m. EDT


— The state Senate gave final approval Tuesday to "Jessica's Law," which would impose tougher sentences on child predators, including lifetime monitoring.

The law, named for a girl raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender in Florida in 2005, had already passed the House last year.

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.

Once the bill is signed into law, it would be retroactive to August of 2006. Any sex offenders convicted after that time would be required to be monitored.