Calif. bill would give child molesters life terms

SACRAMENTO — Certain child molesters in California would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole under a bill lawmakers have sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The bill passed unanimously Monday in the state Assembly.

It was named after 17-year-old Chelsea King, who was murdered in a San Diego County park this year. A convicted child molester pleaded guilty to raping and killing King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher of San Diego, the bill's author, says the legislation is an attempt to remove some evil from the streets of California.

Adult predators who kidnap, drug, bind and torture or use a weapon while committing a sex crime against a child would face life in prison without parole.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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