04.22.15

Burr Amendment to Close Loophole On Military Sexual Assault Reporting Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr’s (R-NC) amendment to close a legal loophole that currently enables sex offenders convicted under the Uniform Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) to evade registration with the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) passed the Senate.  The amendment was added to S. 178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and passed by a unanimous vote of 98 to 0.  In August, the Department of Defense Inspector General completed an investigation of sexual offender tracking in the military, noting the alarmingly low self-reporting rates and providing a list of suggested solutions for improving tracking. 

“Too many known sex offenders have successfully gamed the system, which has enabled them to commit heinous crimes again,” said Senator Richard Burr. “Closing this gap standardizes reporting for all sex offenders, regardless of whether they are military or civilian, so that no convicted offender can evade law enforcement and target new victims. I thank my colleagues for coming together to pass a long overdue bill.”

RB Speaks on the Floor About Amendment 1121

Senator Burr Fights to Close Loophole Exploited by Sex Offenders

The Military Sex Offender Reporting amendment requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to register offenders directly with the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR), and the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website prior to the offender’s release from a Military Corrections Facility (MCF) or upon conviction if incarceration was not required.  Currently, sex offenders convicted in the military justice system must self-report after release, whereas other sex offenders are reported prior to release.