Tuesday, August 24, 2010
State senators unanimously approved a law allowing some convicted child molesters to be locked up for life, in response to the slayings of two teenagers in San Diego County.
The bill - Chelsea's Law - passed the Senate today. The legislation would reserve life-without-parole for adult predators who kidnap, drug, bind, torture or use a weapon while committing a sex crime against a child.
The life terms could be handed to first-time as well as repeat offenders.
The bill was named after 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was murdered in a San Diego County park this year. A convicted child molester has pleaded guilty to raping and killing King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois.
The bill returns to the Assembly to consider Senate amendments.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he's sign the legislation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.