Joint Resolution to expand state sex offender registry passes Senate
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Joint Resolution to expand state sex offender registry passes Senate

Date: April 2, 2009
By: Rebecca Beitsch
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SJR 3

Intro: Missourians may have the chance to vote on whether to expand the state sex offender registry now that a joint resolution has passed the state Senate. Rebecca Beitsch (b-EYE-ch) has more from the State Capitol RunTime:0:44
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A joint resolution that would put 4 thousand 800 sexual offenders back on Missouri's sex offender registry passed in the Senate despite heated debate over its consequences for certain sexual offenders.

Some senators expressed concern over the so-called "Romeo and Juliet situation."  Jackson County Republican Matt Bartle said he didn't want teenagers engaging in consensual sex to be on the registry.

 

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Description: "So you really want, you're trying to capture that 17 and under year old male, right? And you are also trying to capture post-pubescent females, and that's very important."

Bartle recommended post-pubescent females start at age 14.

From the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.
 

 


Intro: More sex offenders could be added to the state sex offender registry after such a measure passed the Missouri Senate. Rebecca Beitsch (b-EYE-ch) has more from the State Capitol.   RunTime:0:43
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The Missouri Senate voted strongly to pass a joint resolution that expands the sex offender registry to include crimes committed before 1995.

But some senators were concerned that adding to the list even more statutory cases between teenagers close in age would give people the wrong idea.

Republican Senators Charlie Shields and Kevin Engler:

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Description: "When people look at this list it is so meaningless because it has so many names on it. And there are so many circumstances as I described where folks have committed a statutory crime."

"They don't know who to be scared of."

"They don't know who to be scared of and who not to be scared of." 

The joint resolution must pass the House before heading to the Missouri ballot.

From Jefferson City, I'm Rebecca Beitsch, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.