Virginia Senate Makes Changes To Sex Offender Laws

The Virginia senate is making life tougher for sex offenders.

Two bills were recently passed, one of which requires that juveniles convicted of serious sex crimes be added to a sex offender registry that could be accessed only by law enforcement agencies.

Supporting senators say the bill is needed to comply with a federal sex registry law and avoid the loss of about a half a million dollars in grant funds.

Opponents of the bill say it goes too far by imposing a lifetime penalty on juvenile offenders.

We've learned the senate also voted to pass a bill requiring a life sentence for serious sex crimes against children when the defendant is 18 or older.

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