Archive for February 26th, 2009

February 26, 2009

Protect Our Children First!

by lewwaters

Washington’s Legislature has several pressing issues currently, none of which directly addresses repeat sex offenders being released into our community preying on our children. Can any issue be more important than protecting our children?

13 year-old Alycia Nipp lost her life, brutally murdered in a Hazel Dell field because someone decided a level III sex offender, ones considered most likely to repeat their offense, released into our community wearing only a GPS tracking device was acceptable.

Today’s Columbian has an article, Repeat sex offer receives maximum prison term. That “maximum sentence?” 12 years! If he serves a full sentence he will be 55 years old upon release and he too would be released back into our community, presumably also wearing a GPS tracking device that accomplishes little more than to place the criminal in the vicinity of a crime, but not until AFTER a crime has been committed.

Why does society feel compassion and sympathy for these perverts who prey upon our children and not the ones they harm or kill? After another child is killed, it is too late to say ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda.’ We must begin saying it before another child is harmed!

In 2006 Senator Don Benton proposed SB6389, a bill to “enhance the penalties for, and monitoring of, sex offenders.” It died in the Judiciary committee.

This issue transcends partisanship and must be addressed. We can no longer put the safety of our children on the back burner. What good is a new bridge, stimulus packages, waterfront projects and the like if we ignore our children’s safety?

Personally, I am sick and tired of hearing these repeat offenders “have rights” that must be considered. Alycia Nipp had rights too. Her parents had rights to expect grandchildren one day, to watch their daughter blossom into a grown woman and live her life freely and raise her children to carry on our society. Who worried about their rights as a repeat sex offender was brutally murdering their 13 year-old daughter?

Why are the rights of repeat sex offenders more important than ours?

I urge everyone, regardless of party affiliation, to contact our legislators listed below and DEMAND legislation that will protect our children from these predators. GPS tracking has failed, as many knew it would. Early release, treatment and such has shown to be ineffective time and time again for level III and higher offenders.

I’m ready to put other issues on the back burner for now and place the safety of our children first. We are now told there are 9 other level III sex offenders listed as transient in Clark County, meaning they too are freely roaming about somewhere with only a GPS tracking device strapped on them.

Please, contact all of the below and DEMAND strong legislation be passed urgently.

Representative Jaimie Herrera, Herrera.Jaime@leg.wa.gov; Representative Ed Orcutt, Orcutt.Ed@leg.wa.gov; Senator Don Benton, benton.don@leg.wa.gov; Senator Jim Honeyford honeyford.jim@leg.wa.gov; Senator Joseph Zarelli, zarelli.joseph@leg.wa.gov; Senator Craig Pridemore, pridemore.craig@leg.wa.gov; Representative Tim Probst, probst.tim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Jim Jacks, jacks.jim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Jim Moeller, moeller.jim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Deb Wallace, Wallace.Deb@leg.wa.gov.

Outside of Clark County or if you prefer to write or call on the phone, contact information for each legislator currently in office can be found here.

Representative Ed Orcutt said to me, “I have asked staff to draft a true Jessica’s law and will seek to get it passed this year. Since we are past committee cutoffs, it is a bit more tricky, but I will still push for it.” We need to DEMAND that members of both parties’ join with him and support this effort.

We must hold our elected officials feet to the fire and accept no excuses from now on. Alycia Nipp did not have to die nor should any of the rest of our children be harmed again by these repeat perverts allowed to just walk our streets.

UPDATE: Alycia’s Godmother, mother, aunt and others, have a facebook page up now, Mothers Against Sex Crimes and a MySpace page, MASC – Mothers Against Sex Crimes. Please lend your support to the struggle to keep these predators off of our streets.