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Miss. man proposes new sex offender law

Bill Rasmussen has no kids of his own but he says he takes crimes against children very personally.

After the brutal sexual assault and murder of a 9-year-old Florida girl earlier this year he said he could take no more. Now he's trying to make a difference in his own backyard.

Rasmussen is crusading for Mississippi's children. The Senatobia resident says he was personally touched and troubled by the brutal rape and murder of Jessica Lunsford. The girl was assaulted and killed by a convicted sex offender this February.

"He buried her alive without any conscience at all and I'm sick of it," said Rasmussen. "We've got to put a stop to this."

That's why Rasmussen is working to change state law. He wants all of Mississippi's habitual sex offenders to wear global positioning ankle bracelets.

"He is very committed to having this done in Mississippi," said John Mayo, MS State Rep. (D). "He's done exactly what a constituent should do."

Mayo says Rasmussen came to him for help, and he's glad to offer a hand. He says the new legislation will help keep track of the worst offenders.

"We're talking about the ones who psychiatrists say 'these people cannot be rehabilitated' but they've served their time and we've got to release them," said Mayo.

Mayo is now drafting a bill to present to the Mississippi House in January. Bill Rasmussen says he's confident it will become law.

"If it takes a GPS tracking device to stop these creeps… it's going to be done," said Rasmussen.

Mayo says the bill should be drafted by thanksgiving. He says he hasn't gotten any opposition to the idea, but he says whether or not it's passed will come down to how much it will cost the state.

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