Opelousas Lawmaker’s Bill Concerning Convicted Sex Offenders And Social Media Sites Passes Louisiana House Committee
A retooled bill is making its way through the legislature. Opelousas Rep. Ledricka Thierry's bill banning certain convicted sex offenders from using certain social networking websites passed the legislature last year but was tossed after a judge threw it out for being unconstitutional. So far, her legislation this year has passed the Louisiana House Criminal Justice Committee.
Thierry says her bill specifically bans sex offenders from being on websites "where the primary purpose of which is facilitating social interaction with other users of the website."
Marc Fruge is a convicted sex offender who testified against the bill. He says he was tried and convicted after meeting with an underage girl who falsely identified herself as being over 21. Fruge told lawmakers predators can be any age.
The legislation now heads to the Louisiana House floor for debate.