Senate OKs bill aimed at child sex offenders

March 22, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Repeat sexual predators who rape or molest children could face life in prison without possibility of parole under a bill approved, 41-2, by the Maryland Senate yesterday.

The measure is aimed at offenders who target children younger than age 16. Prosecutors could seek a life-without-parole sentence after a second conviction for raping or molesting a child.

The bill stems from the case of Christopher Lee Ausherman, 9, of Frederick, who was sexually assaulted and killed Nov. 19, 2000, by Elmer Spencer Jr., 46, who has previous sex crimes convictions.

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