Bill would impose life sentences on worst predatory sex offenders

Bill would impose life sentences on worst predatory sex offenders
Adam Lee Brown, a predatory sex offender, appears at his arraignment in court, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Benjamin Brink)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposed bill would require life sentences without parole for some of Oregon's worst sex offenders.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the bill targets "predatory" offenders, those deemed highly likely to abuse children again. It would apply even to some first-time offenders.

Oregon law allows a life sentence for some repeat sex offenders, but it isn't mandatory.

Senate President Peter Courtney is the bill's sponsor.

Courtney says he doesn't know if it will even get a hearing in the five-week legislative session that began Monday.

But he said it's an important conversation to have.

The bill applies to three crimes — first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual penetration.

It sets specific criteria for which defendants would face life terms.

The measure is SB 1517.

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Information from: Statesman Journal