Burr Sponsored Amendment Passes House in Human Trafficking Bill, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the United States House of Representatives passed S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Included in S. 178, is a bipartisan provision written by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) 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). The Military Sex Offender Reporting amendment is in response to a Department of Defense Inspector General investigation that took place in August of 2014. 

“Today, my amendment to hold convicted military sex offenders accountable heads to the President’s desk. Closing the loophole that has allowed some of these sex offenders to escape detection after their release was critical to prevent additional crimes. When we know a problem exists, we cannot look the other way. I’m pleased that this legislation will become law,” said Burr.

The Military Sex Offender Reporting amendment requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to register offenders directly with the Department of Justice national registry and the 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 civilian sex offenders are registered prior to release. Investigations by Scripps News Service and North Carolina’s WGHP News earlier this year found that this loophole has enabled hundreds of convicted sex offenders to evade registration and allowed some to commit similar crimes again.