Child predators would face at least 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole under a new measure given preliminary approval Friday morning by the Maryland House of Delegates. The move came as delegates gave their final OK to two other sex offender reforms -- eliminating good-time prison credits and requiring lifetime supervision for violent and repeat offenders.
On Thursday night, the House Judiciary Committee signed off on the extended sentence for child predators. Anyone convicted of the second-degree rape or second-degree sex offense of a child under 13 would be subject to a mandatory prison term of 15 years without parole, a more than a threefold increase from the current penalty of five years with the possibility of parole.
The extended sentence for child predators and a plan to provide more information on the state's publicly available sex offender registry will come to the House of Delegates for a final vote next week.