Lt. Governor Stephen B.Pence's Communication Office
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence receives formal recommendation to strengthen Kentucky’s sexual predator laws

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 27, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jeanne Lausche
Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611

Kentucky Coalition Against Sexual Assaults (KCASA) presents plan

FRANKFORT, Ky.:  Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence received the formal recommendation by the Kentucky Coalition Against Sexual Assaults (KCASA) regarding how to strengthen the state’s sexual predator laws.  Lieutenant Governor Pence had spearheaded KCASA in April and charged the coalition to develop a comprehensive plan which will serve as the basis for proposed legislation in the 2006 session of the General Assembly. 

“I want to thank all the member of KCASA for the hours of tireless work they contributed to create this formal recommendation.  The coalition’s work will help us protect thousands of children from the criminals who prey on them,” said Lt. Governor Pence.

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Bridget Skaggs Brown and Department of Corrections Commission John Rees co-chaired KCASA.  “I am proud of the work accomplished by the coalition and honored to have had the opportunity to serve in this important mission.  I am confident that the legislators will agree that strengthening these laws is not an option…it is a must to ensure our children are better shielded from sexual offenders,” said Brown.

The formal plan presented to the lieutenant governor includes some of the following recommendations:

*Lifetime sentence without the possibility of parole for sexual offenders convicted of a sexual assault against a child for the second time 
*Each sexual abuse statute should be elevated one penalty class 
*Possession of child pornography should be a felony, and a person convicted of it should be placed on the sexual offender registry for a minimum of 20 years 
*It should be a class D felony for a teacher, volunteer, pastor or anyone else who occupies a position of authority or special trust to have sexual relations with a minor under their care 
*The Violent Offender Statute should include all felony offenses involving sexual activity 
*The Sex Offender Registry period for offenders should be increased to lifetime for violent offenders and 20 years to all other registrants 
*The Sex Offender Registry website should be revised so that the offender will be listed as compliant or non-compliant 
*Active monitoring of criminals on the Sex Offender Registry should be primarily done by the Kentucky State Police, with support of local law enforcement 
*A person’s driver’s license should reflect whether he/she is on the Sex Offender Registry 
*A victim of a sexual assault should be allowed to bring a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator without being blocked by the statute of limitations 
*All felony sex offenders should serve 85% of their sentence without the possibility of probation or parole 
*Hormone treatment should be an option for offenders whose victim was under 12 or if there were multiple victims, after they complete their prison sentence, if they are paroled 
*Juveniles 14 and older who commit violent sexual assaults against children under 12 should be treated as adults from sentencing through treatment 
*All felony cases in juvenile court, where the perpetrator is 12 or older, should be open for public accountability 
*Require all persons convicted of a felony or any sexual assault or other crime involving an injury to a minor to submit to DNA testing which will stay permanently on file with the KSP

Eileen Recktenwald, Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assaults Programs and member of KCASA, voiced her support for the initiative.  “I would like to thank Lt. Governor Pence and all the members of KCASA for their hard work and commitment to victims that they have demonstrated over the past few months,” said Recktenwald.

“I am extremely pleased with the plan KCASA has set forth,” concluded Lieutenant Governor Pence.  “Our next step is to bring Kentucky legislators on board.  Strengthening Kentucky’s sexual offender laws should not be a partisan issue.  We must work together to protect the most vulnerable members of our society: our children.”

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