Jacobs Tightens Regulations on Child Sex Offenders

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Illinois Senate Committee on Criminal Law passed a measure this morning that will amend the Criminal Code. House Bill 6464, sponsored in the Senate by State Senator Mike Jacobs (D – Moline), increases the penalty for a parent or guardian of a minor to knowingly leave the minor in the custody of control of a child sex offender, or to allow a child sex offender unsupervised access to the minor.

“This legislation is about keeping children safe from predators,” Jacobs said. “This bill amends the Sex Offender Registration Act to provide that a child sex offender must report whether he or she is living with a child under the age of 18, but not a parent to that child.”

House Bill 6464 is an initiative of the Moline Police Department. They claim that it is common for child sex offenders to become romantically involved with people who have children. The sex offender then moves in with the parent and has access to the child. This new legislation is designed to prohibit a parent from leaving his or her child alone with a live-in boyfriend/girlfriend who is a child sex offender.

Representative Verschoore sponsored this legislation in the House and it was passed with no opposition.

“I am thankful to the Moline Police Department and to Representative Verschoore, who passed this legislation through the Illinois House,” Jacobs said. “This is a serious issue and we need to put an end to child abuse and protect children from things they may not understand. The children always come first and I am confident in the success this bill will bring to improving the lives of our children.”

House Bill 6464 now moves to the senate Floor for further action.