Deuell Files Jessica’s Law
- Senate Bill 68 Will Strengthen Child Predator Laws -
AUSTIN -- In February, State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) pledged that he would file Jessica’s Law in the upcoming regular session of the Texas Legislature. On Monday, the first day to pre-file bills for the 80th Regular Session, Deuell made good on that promise.
Sen. Deuell filed Senate Bill 68 which relates to the prosecution, punishment, and supervision of sex offenders. The measure is referred to as Jessica’s Law in honor of Jessica Lunsford, a child in Florida who was raped and murdered by a previously convicted sex offender in 2005.
The law, which would be a comprehensive sex offender punishment and control reform, would provide mandatory minimum sentences of 25 years, lifetime monitoring of those convicted for sex crimes against a victim under the age of 14, increased penalties for multiple offenses, and an increase in the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases.
Deuell said he hopes to move the bill through quickly and see it become law.
“We have to do everything we can to protect our children,” Deuell said. “Having this bill signed into law will help us do that by keeping sexual predators off the streets and out of our neighborhoods.”
Deuell also said he looks forward to support from his fellow legislators in the Senate and House.
“This is a measure I hope we can all agree on,” Deuell said. “I would hope that every member would be willing to file this bill and work to see it passed.”