06.01.15

Burr’s Legislation Cracking Down on Sex Offenders Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, United States Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released a statement following Friday’s news that the President signed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Included in this bill was a Burr amendment to close a legal loophole that had enabled sex offenders convicted under the military justice system to evade registration with the Department of Justice and the public sex offender registry.

"I am proud that this incredibly important piece of legislation has now been signed into law,” said Senator Burr. “This simple fix helps prevent sex offenders from eluding law enforcement and targeting further victims. I thank my colleagues for their swiftness in action.”

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.