Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fincher Advocating Registry For Teen Sex Offenders

State representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville says juvenile sex offenders should be put on the state's sex offender registry -- just like adults are. Fincher says people have the right to know when sex offenders are living near them -- even if they are teenagers. He and State Senator Charlotte Burks are sponsoring a bill that would require anyone between the ages of 14 and 18, who is found guilty of aggravated rape or attempted rape, to be put on the registry. He also says passing such a bill would ensure continued federal funding of some programs. TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm says the state's failure to pass such a bill jeopardizes some of the federal funding Tennessee stands to receive through the Adam Walsh Act, a program designed to enhance enforcement of laws protecting children from abuse. Fincher spoke about the issue recently in articles which were published in Knoxville and Cookeville.