CA’s Chelsea’s Law On Sex Offender Penalties, Treatment Is Signed


California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger traveled to San Diego to sign Chelsea's Law, which establishes longer prison sentences, tougher parole conditions, and targeted treatment for sex offenders, says the San Diego Union-Tribune. The law is named for Chelsea King, 17, who was killed by a sex offender earlier this year. “Because of Chelsea, this never has to happen again,” Schwarzenegger said.

Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III, 31, raped and killed King, a year after sexually assaulting and fatally stabbing 14-year-old Amber Dubois. Gardner pleaded guilty in April. Moe Dubois, Amber's father, championed three bills that Schwarzenegger intends to sign. They would establish guidelines for handling missing-persons investigations, require law enforcement to notify national databases two hours after a child abduction – instead of the current four – and create a missing-persons position in the California Department of Justice to help authorities find abducted children.

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