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Sponsors: Reps. Pope, Clyburn, McCravy and Hosey
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Introduced in the House on January 14, 2020
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Sex offenders
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11/20/2019 House Prefiled 11/20/2019 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/14/2020 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 73) 1/14/2020 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 73)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 23-3-557 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE CIRCUMSTANCE IN WHICH A SEX OFFENDER MAY HAVE CONTACT OR CUSTODY WITH HIS OR ANY OTHER MINOR CHILD, TO PROVIDE AN OFFENDER MUST REPORT THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF HIS MINOR CHILDREN TO THE COURT, AND PROVIDE THE SOLICITOR MUST PROVIDE A NONOFFENDING PARENT INFORMATION ABOUT SAFE GUARDING MINORS FROM AN OFFENDING PARENT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 7, Chapter 3, Title 23 is amended by adding:
"Section 23-3-557. (A) Notwithstanding another provision of law, after January 1, 2021, a person convicted of an offense that requires the person to register as a sex offender shall not have contact with his children who are less than eighteen years old.
(B) The restriction imposed in subsection (A) may be lifted by the court upon the offender's:
(1) successful completion of at least six months of documented cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and treatment for sexual deviancy for each clinical diagnoses the offender received from a forensic psychological evaluation, prior to sentencing, by a qualified sex offense therapist or someone who specialized in sex offense therapy; and
(2) demonstration of a reputable forensic psychologist's declaration that the offender's prior clinical diagnoses and sexual deviancy are in remission.
(C) Notwithstanding another provision of law, the court shall not grant the offender unsupervised visitation of a minor child as long as the offender is prohibited from having contact with his minor children pursuant to this section.
(D) Prior to permitting an offender to have contact with his minor children, the court must ensure that appropriate safety planning has been completed according to United States Justice Department's published guidelines so that a restricted graduated plan of reunification visitation is adhered to and supervised under appropriate clinical oversight to protect the mental and physical well-being of the child.
(E) Notwithstanding another provision of law, an offender shall not be granted custody of a minor child as long as the offender is prohibited from having contact with his minor children.
(F) Once a person is convicted of an offense that requires the person to register as a sex offender, the person shall report to the court the names and known addresses of the person's minor children.
(G) After the conviction of a person required to register as a sex offender who is the parent of a minor child, the circuit solicitor shall send information to the nonoffending parent regarding the nonoffending parent's legal rights, responsibilities, and ways to safeguard their children mentally and emotionally from the offending parent while the offending parent serves his probationary sentence or remains on the sex offender registry."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect on January 1, 2021.
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