Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 8:05 AM
Hindering the apprehension and prosecution of a sex offender attempting to evade registration and monitoring requirements under Megan’s Law will become a crime of the third degree with a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison under legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union).
The bill, S-622, was advanced yesterday by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
“Those who knowingly aid a sex offender in skirting the requirements of Megan’s Law and evade authorities put our communities at risk,” said Kean. “Given the rate of recidivism among convicted sex offenders and the heinous nature of their crimes, those who harbor these individuals must also be held accountable. The public has a right to know when sex offenders are inhabiting their communities, and those who stand in the way of that right deserve to be brought to justice.”
The legislation is derived from a portion of the Jessica Lunsford Act, a bill that has languished for years in the legislature toughening penalties on those convicted of lewd and lascivious acts involving children. Senator Kean is also the prime sponsor of the Jessica Lunsford Act.
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