Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) wants violent sexual predators who prey on children to be put to death … or at least face the possibility of the death penalty.
The Governor made the call as he addressed a Cyber Crimes Summit in Jefferson City, saying crimes of this nature against children deserve the most serious punishment that can be delivered. He wants to work with the General Assembly in the new year to make this happen.
He also wants tighter reins on those already convicted of sexual crimes against children. He’s calling for new legislation dealing with those offenders. He wants their e-mail addresses and Instant Messaging information placed on the state’s Sex Offender Registry.
The Governor says the death penalty should be in play for anyone who commits forcible rape or forcible sodomy against a victim who is less than 12 years of age.
The Cyber Crimes Summit was organized by State Senator John Loudon (R-Chesterfield), who says he is very interested in the Governor’s proposal. He adds this could be used as a tool by prosecutors to plead a case down to life without parole. The Summit was organized by Loudon, who has been the major sponsor of legislation dealing with sexual predators using the Internet to attack and hurt children.