Sex crimes are a growing concern in Florida. To address this issue, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed four new bills that will add extra teeth to laws governing sex crimes. Scott stated that he wants the state to be the best place in the country to raise a family and believes that the new legislation is a step in achieving that goal.
The new legislation was inspired by the case of Cherish Perrywinkle, an eight-year-old who was kidnapped at a retail store, raped and killed by a sexual offender. The incident occurred less than a month after the man, a repeat offender, completed a prison sentence for a case involving a young girl. A photo of the eight-year-old was held behind the governor as he signed the bills into law.
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