Rape Victim Speaks Out About Sex Offender Clustering Bill
From Autauga County -- a rape victim is speaking out about legislation being that would put further restrictions on where sex offenders can live. It's a bill local authorities and lawmakers say would break up large clusters of sex offenders in one area.
When sex offenders finish their time behind bars, they're only allowed to leave jail if they have an address to go to -- but Autauga County leaders say they're seeing a problem of homes being set up for sex offenders in the county, where as many as 10 of them live together. So lawmakers are hoping to pass a bill that would help monitor and break those clusters...
Nichols says she's scared of what could happen if something isn't done about group homes housing sex offenders...
"Rehashing what they did and the joys they got out of trying to intimidate and control their victims and everything... I think it's just going to make them go back out into the public and repeat," Said Nichols.
Beckman and law enforcement officers tell us another problem they're facing is what they're calling "financial predators" -- people who say they want to help sex offenders, but instead, they're hiking rent prices and using their circumstances for financial gain. If this bill goes through in the next legislative session, anyone who knowingly violates it could face felony charges.
The law would also require deputies to have at least one monitor for every 10 sex offenders in the county.