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SB 0001 - Sexual Offenders; unlawful to photograph minors; provide penalties

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Johnson,Eric 1st
Last Action: 5/13/2008 - Senate Date Signed by Governor
Senate Committee: JUDY
House Committee: JudyNC
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

SB 1 amends Article 2 of Chapter 1 of Title 42, relating to the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board, so as to repeal certain provisions relating to residency and employment restrictions for certain sexual offenders. This bill makes it unlawful for persons required to register as sexual offenders to: 1) intentionally photograph a minor without parental consent 2) reside within 1000 feet of or be employed by or volunteer at any child care facility, school church, school, or anywhere minors congregate 3) be employed by or volunteer at any business entity that is located within 1000 feet of any area minors congregate. Any sexual offender who knowingly photographs a minor without parental consent shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. Violating the other 3 provisions shall constitute a felony punishable by imprisonment 10-30 years.

An individual owning real property and residing on that property or being employed within 1,000 feet of a prohibited location shall not be guilty of violating the 1,000 feet distance rule, if the individual had established such property ownership or employment prior to July 1, 2006.  He or she must also provide sufficient proof demonstrating their exemption to the sheriff of the county where they are registered within ten days of being notified of code violation.

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