I knock Stacey Campfield like it's my hobby (okay, fine, it is my hobby), but I'd like to set aside the snark for just one post to commend him for sponsoring SB 1051.
Right now, in Tennessee, if you're convicted of a sex crime, you don't automatically go on the sex offender registry until you've served your time.
This loophole allowed Terry Bernard McConnell to send cards and letters to his victims. I repeat, so that you can let the disgusting soak in — he was sending cards and letters from jail to the kid he raped. As WMCTV explains:
Despite violating a court order not to contact his victims, authorities could not go after McConnell with more charges because he was not a registered sex offender.
Yes, he was serving time for child rape and was not yet considered a sex offender. Thanks to Barrett Rich and Stacey Campfield, when this law is passed, there will be one more tool for law enforcement to use to keep child rapists from continuing to terrorize their victims.
If there was a way to pass this law tomorrow, I wish they would.
Good job, gentlemen.