Perdue closes sex offender loophole

August 1, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has signed 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.

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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 to fix the legal loophole. House Bill 726 requires 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."

It sailed through the Legislature and was signed into law Monday.

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