Child Protection Bill Passes House Unanimously

Published 03/08 2012 05:40PM

Updated 03/08 2012 05:42PM

    Legislation designed to protect minors from sexual predators passed the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously Thursday. HB 4005, sponsored by Rep. Adam Brown (R-Decatur) would make it a crime for a child sex offender to knowingly transport a minor who is not related without the consent of the minor's parent or guardian.
    Brown says the legislation was brought to him by a man whose daughter was dating a sex offender against the family's wishes. The victim was coerced by the man into joining him for "rides" in his vehicle. Since the offender stayed away from parks or schools, law enforcement told the father they couldn't prove the relationship was sexual in nature.
    The bill now goes to the Senate.

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