Senate OKs Sex Predator Crackdown

By Elisabeth J. Beardsley
Boston Herald [Boston MA]
October 8, 2003

A stronger process for putting dangerous sexual predators away for life cleared another State House hurdle yesterday, after winning unanimous approval from the Senate.

The bill adds 15 new crimes to the list of offenses that can prompt a person to be deemed "sexually dangerous" and committed to an institution for life, including incest, child porn and aggravated rape.

The legislative action comes in the wake of the horrific murder of Alexandra Zapp, who was killed last year in a Burger King bathroom by convicted sex offender Paul Leahy.

Zapp's mother Andrea Casanova watched from the Senate gallery as lawmakers approved the bill on a 40-0 vote. "Alexandra would be delighted that she was able to help," Casanova said.

The bill now moves to the House. Gov. Mitt Romney has said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

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