California Legislature Softens Sex Offender Registry Requirements For Sodomy With Minors

Mary Margaret Olohan |Social Issues Reporter

The California legislature passed a law late Monday relaxing sex offender registry requirements for sodomy and other acts with minors in efforts to end “discrimination against LGBTQ young people on the sex offender registry,” according to the bill’s sponsor.

Democratic California state Sen. Scott Weiner, a gay politician who represents San Francisco, first introduced SB 145 in January 2019. The bill “would exempt from mandatory registration under the act a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register,” according to the text of the legislation.

Under the new bill, which has not been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, adults less than 10 years older than the minor who are convicted of having anal or oral sex with that minor would not automatically be added to the sex-offender registry, the San Fransisco Chronicle reported.

Current California law requires that adults must register as sex offenders if they are convicted of having anal or oral sex with a minor, though a judge may decide whether to place an adult male not more than 10 years older than the minor on the registry if he has vaginal intercourse with a teenaged girl, according to the Chronicle.

In 2015, the California Supreme Court argued that vaginal intercourse can lead to pregnancy and that requiring a father to register as a sex offender may inhibit his ability to support his child and find a job through social stigmatization, according to the Chronicle.

SB 145 passed the California Assembly by a bare minimum vote of 41-18 before passing 23-10 in the state Senate, the Chronicle reported, though some lawmakers raised concerns that the bill allows for mistreatment of minors.

“I cannot in my mind as a mother understand how sex between a 24-year-old and a 14-year-old could ever be consensual, how it could ever not be a registrable offense,” Democratic California state Rep. Lorena Gonzalez said, according to the Chronicle. “We should never give up on this idea that children should be in no way subject to a predator.”

Though minors cannot legally consent to sex in California, Wiener’s bill would allow a judge to decide whether or not to place an adult on the sex-offender registry if a teenager between the ages of 14 to 17 had sex with that adult.

“SB 145 ends discrimination against #LGBTQ young people on the sex offender registry,” Weiner said in a Tuesday tweet. “Currently, these youth are forced onto the registry for consensual sex — even if a judge doesn’t think it’s appropriate — in situations where straight youth are not. This discrimination destroys lives.”

Wiener did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Julia Patton
Julia Patton
1 month ago

What in the world is wrong with California lawmakers. Does anyone in California have any power there? Look these liberal loaded states are an abomination, these are our children, can’t we keep them safe from predators at all. Let me tell Californians something, I would take my children and leave California sickos to molest each other. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for that very reason, it is a sin, SIN. Sodomy is a sin. Shame on you idiots that as long as it is consensual, adult and child, that makes it ok. This is a disgrace.

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Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Every person in the CA legislature needs to be sodomized with a broomstick up the ass. Maybe that would change their minds?

Che Martin
Che Martin
1 month ago

Child protection is the protection of children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect. SB 145 aims to protect predatory adults at the expense of our children. Let us not fail our most vulnerable. Call it like it is, adults that prey on the young should be put under the category as sex offenders. Period.

Jeff Margulies
Jeff Margulies
1 month ago

Just another example of making a change in the law based on the lowest denominator. In this case the LBGTQ.

Paxton Worth
1 month ago

The time is coming when California will be designated as America’s mental hospital. All the human waste will be flushed out there. All we need is a 50-foot border wall around the whole state, with no outbound traffic permitted.

Then, the whole state can be opened up, with no prisons or restraints of any kind, and people can take all their frustrations out on each other, and leave the rest of us alone. Maybe the Hollywood scolds will offer to run the state. They have all the answers, don’t they?

VCSurfer
VCSurfer
1 month ago

They wanted to get this law in place before DOJ comes down hard on sex trafficking. After Epstein, the floodgates to convictions would open if they didn’t legitimize pederasty. The secular progressives want move to complete moral relativism, which would erode the foundations of society. Corrupting children is only one of the steps, but it is a serious and tragic one. I would blame legislators, judges and prosecutors, but the fault ultimately lies with those who put them in office.