In July of 2006, after President Bush signed the “Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Protection Act of 2006″, House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R- Wis.), the sponsor of H.R. 4472, released the following statement:
”This legislation makes one thing clear to sex offenders across this country — you better register, and you better keep your information current, or you are going to jail. More than 100,000 sex offenders currently fail to register and are ‘missing,’ with locations unknown to the public and law enforcement. The children of America will be safer today because of this legislation championed by John Walsh and so many other victims that have responded to tragedy with determination, focus, and inspiration.
“Today, President Bush Signed The Adam Walsh Child Protection And Safety Act Of 2006. This law marks an important step forward in our Nation’s efforts to protect those who cannot protect themselves. It will strengthen Federal laws to protect our children from sexual and other violent crimes, prevent child pornography, and make the Internet safer for our sons and daughters.
President Bush Believes Our Society Has A Duty To Protect Children From Exploitation And Danger. By enacting this law, we are sending a clear message across the country that those who prey on our children will be caught, prosecuted, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
The case of missing Nevaeh Buchanan has many questioning her mother’s possible relationships with known convicted sex offenders. In Oklahoma a person charged with raping a five-year-old, as reported by the McAlester News-Capital, has many concerned not only with the mother’s judgement but the judicial system as well.
Last week, “O’Reilly Factor’s” Bill O’Reilly called for the resignation of District 18 Judge Thomas Bartheld for his handling of the David Harold E. Earls rape case.
As was first reported on May 17 by the McAlester News-Capital, Earls, 64, of Wister, pleaded no contest May 13 to charges of first degree rape and forcible sodomy of a 5-year-old girl. He was sentenced by Bartheld to a year in prison, with another 19 years suspended, following a plea bargain negotiated between Earls’ attorney, Tim Mills, and local prosecutors.
The story which aired on The O’Reilly factor, “Factor Investigation Segment” Geraldo Rivera unsuccessfully attempted to confront a judge and district attorney in Oklahoma who sentenced the child rapist to just one year in jail.
In his report Geraldo described McAlester as somewhat of an idyllic place to live but ironically failed to mention it is also home to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. In fact it is the chief incarceration facility for the state of Oklahoma. The prison houses maximum-security inmates and is the site of Oklahoma’s death row and execution chamber.