Christie to sign sex offender bill into law - New York News

Christie to sign sex offender bill into law

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to sign into law a bill that toughens penalties for sex offenders who prey on children.

Monday's signing of the "Jessica Lunsford Act" would impose a mandatory 25-year term without parole for anyone convicted of sexually assaulting a child younger than 13.

Prosecutors would be permitted to negotiate a shorter sentence if it's in the best interest of the victim.

The bill is named after a 9-year-old Florida girl who was kidnapped, raped and buried alive by a convicted sex offender in 2005. Similar laws around the country are intended to keep child sex offenders locked up longer to reduce their ability to re-offend.

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