MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama state lawmaker wants to permanently and physically punish those convicted of sexual offenses against children 12 years old and younger.
“They have marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime,” said Rep. Steve Hurst, Alabama State House.
Hurst says this isn’t the first time he’s introduced this bill.
“I had people call me in the past when I introduced it, and people have called me and said don’t you think this is inhuman? I asked them what’s more inhuman when you take a little infant child and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away and they have to go through all the things they have to go through, if you want to talk about inhuman, that’s inhuman.”
Hurst hopes this would make sex offenders think twice.
“If we do something of this nature it would deter something like this happening again in Alabama and maybe reduce the numbers.”
The bill will have to pass the judiciary committee before it is heard by the Alabama House and Senate.