Tennessee’s failure to include sex offenses by juveniles on its public sex offender registry could start costing the state federal money in 2009, The Tennesean reports. The federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 includes a 10 percent reduction in federal law enforcement funding to states that fail to comply with the law by July 2009. The law allows two annual extensions for states that show significant movement toward including juveniles in public sex offender registries.
A man who preyed on women in Knoxville businesses for almost a year had been listed as a child molester on public registries in two other states but was not required to report as a sex offender in Tennessee. Grant Anthony Friese is “a poster child for the need for this legislation,” said a Tennessee officicial. Friese pleaded guilty last month to four counts of rape and one charge of attempted rape. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.