Source: Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced a series of bills that strengthens the state’s sex offender laws. Dancer’s legislation addresses sex offenses committed in another country, custody restrictions for convicted sex offenders, name change requests and Internet usage
“This bill package toughens existing laws, whether the crime occurs in this country or on foreign soil,” said Dancer, R-Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth and Middlesex. “Loopholes in certain statutes need to be closed so that law enforcement and the public are aware of a sex offender’s presence.
“While it is inconceivable that sex offenders have the potential for custody or visitation rights to a child, the possibility does exist if it can be demonstrated it is in the child’s best interest,” stated Dancer. “It is difficult to imagine a situation where there is ‘clear and convincing evidence’ that a sex offender should be granted these rights. We need to do everything we can to keep our children safe.”
Dancer’s bills expand the offenses which bar a sex offender from obtaining or custody or visitation rights, and requires a convicted sex offender who commits the crime in a foreign country to register under the provisions of Megan’s Law. A sex offender is also prohibited from obtaining a name change. Offenders who do change their names will be required to inform law enforcement. According to a 2010 Government Accountability Office report, at least 4,500 U.S. passports went to registered sex offenders between 2008/09.