New bill would ban sexual predators from borrowing cars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The death of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle devastated the Jacksonville community and it's now prompting stricter laws to be put in place in the state of Florida.

A local law maker proposed a bill that would ban a person from allowing a sexual predator to borrow their vehicle.

Senator Aubrey Gibson, a Jacksonville Democrat recently filed Senate Bill 562,a bill that would prohibit a person from knowingly allowing a sexual predator or sexual offender to use their vehicle. Violators would be subject to criminal penalty.

The man accused of killing Perrywinkle, Donald Smith allegedly used a van registered in his mother's name while committing the crime.

"The reality that I see is that what they're looking at right now is only touching the leaves on the tree," Dr. Kaye Smith, founder of ReClaim Global, a sexual victims advocacy group.

Earlier this month Florida Senators filed a legislative package to strengthen state laws against sexually violent predators.

Still Smith, a mother of four, believes more needs to be done.

She says predators who are likely to re-offend should be locked up. Either behind bars or in an institution for the rest of their lives.

"We have to re-invent ourselves and our approach to sexual abuse for the 21st century. We have to realize that what we once had in place may have worked, but today it doesn't work for us anymore."


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