Lawmakers vote to close sex offender loophole

June 28, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
The North Carolina Legislature has passed a bill to close a loophole in North Carolina's sex offender registry law that was exposed by the ABC11 I-Team.

Last month, ABC11 Eyewitness News discovered sex offenders living in North Carolina, but not registered in North Carolina --32 of them in Wake, Durham and Cumberland counties alone.

Click here to read our investigative report

The loophole allowed offenders convicted or released from prison before 1996 --who moved to North Carolina before December of 2006-- to not register.

After the I-Team exposed the loophole, Representative Tim Moore (R-Cleveland County) promised to help close it.

Representative Moore introduced the bill in the Legislature that would fix the legal loophole. House Bill 726 would require sex offender registration for out of state convictions.

"As a parent it terrified me," Moore said. "Fortunately, with the passage of this law, that loophole is now closed and we can continue to tighten down on these folks."

The bill is now on its way to Governor Bev Perdue's desk for her signature.

It'll become law on Oct.1 and sex offenders will be required to register on that date.

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