[FAC COMMENT: It’s horrible that laws are being proposed based on what happened with Jeffrey Epstein. What happened with him was so rare, aberrant and unusual, you can’t craft legislation based on uncommon situations – that applies to what happened with Adam Walsh, Megan Kanka, Jessica Lunsford, Cherish Perrywinkle, etc]

“He was not required to register as a sex offender in New Mexico and I’m trying to fix that,” said Rep. Matthew McQueen (D- Santa Fe).

Representative McQueen said Epstein skirted registering as a sex offender here in New Mexico because of loopholes.This new bill would close those loopholes. “One, it shortens the time that you can spend in New Mexico before you have to register,” said Rep. McQueen. “Current statute is 30 days, it shortens that to ten consecutive days in a calendar year.”

And to avoid another sex scandal like Epstein’s in the future. “It also states that if you were required to register as a sex offender in the jurisdiction where you committed the offense, then you’re required to register here,” said Rep. McQueen.

Sex offenders have already been fighting this type of legislation; in October, sex offenders who moved to New Mexico are suing the state for making them register. Claiming they weren’t given due process.

 

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