September 8th, 2010
10:00 PM ET

Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign 'Chelsea's Law' on Thursday

The parents of a California teen who was raped and murdered by a sex offender this year will join Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday as he signs into law a bill that increases penalties for certain sex offenses.

Named after 17-year-old Chelsea King, "Chelsea's Law" increases penalties for forcible sex acts against minors and mandates lifetime parole for certain sex offenders.

Schwarzenegger will be joined by the teen's parents, Brent and Kelly King, and the bill's sponsor, Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher, as he signs it into law at Balboa Park in San Diego, California at 9:45 a.m. PT. The event will be webcast live at www.gov.ca.gov.

"Chelsea's Law" has an urgency clause attached to it that means it will take effect as soon as it is signed.

Read more about "Chelsea's Law" on CNN.com

The bill creates a penalty of life without the possibility of parole for forcible sex crimes against minors that include aggravating factors, such as the victim's age or whether the victim was bound or drugged.

"Chelsea's Law" also sets criteria for assessing the risk of recidivism and, based on that risk, placing certain paroled sex offenders under greater supervision.

Registered sex offender John Gardner III has admitted to killing King and 14-year-old Amber Dubois. He was sentenced in April to three consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders and an attack on a jogger in a plea deal that spared him the death penalty.

Dubois' father is behind three assembly bills concerning law enforcement response to missing children. They are also awaiting Schwarzenegger's signature.

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  1. Roger

    Call your state legislators today and tell them that you want a bill that provides for the plethysmograph testing of ANY male who works with or anywhere near children. And that if they're found to be attracted to children, they'll have to find another field to work in or another place to work. And if they're found to be attracted to children and have children in the home, the Department of Human Services will have to do an intervention to make sure nothing abusive is happening and educate to make sure that nothing abusive does happen.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Let's prevent these crimes instead of dealing with the damage after they've already victimized someone.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • OBAMA

      This is America not a Communist country. Thought crimes, how very Orwellian/East German Stasi of you.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      That might be a good argument, but I'm not talking about charging anyone with anything criminal, just as when people are drug tested and test positive, they aren't charged with anything criminal, they just don't get the job.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      That's policing someone's thoughts, and that's Orwellian and illegal. Don't fight crime with crime.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      We allow polygraphs to be used prior to getting certain jobs. How is this any different?

      September 9, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • StlMelz

      This is so not the answer on so many levels. First, they manner in which they go about "finding out" is horrible and completely unreliable. I'm not saying the machine is unreliable, but the process used to see if a man is arroused is, by design, going to create more pedophiles than it identifies. Do your research on the process. I'm suprised this is even allowed.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • roger

      Why only men? Women molest children too. Maybe not as much but they still do it. And while we are at it, lets get the testing for those who live within a mile of a school. After all they are close enough to do harm. And those who make deliveries to schools. They are as well.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Drazul

    Go Ahhhnald – sign that thing and get these offenders the sentence they most definitely deserve

    September 9, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Waste

    No matter how many law's you pass nor the penalty increased, dead is dead. Commit murder and the penalty is state sanctioned murder, which has deterred no one from committing murder. This is the same political hyperbole as "hate"crimes ( as opposed to the normal "I really don't like you" crimes). Gun crimes still occur, the continuing legislation simply makes it harder for an honest citizen to protect themselves. Illegally entering the California is illegal, yet there are numerous law's against it. Here's to hoping this is one law California enforces this law. One day it will occur to you idiot's in California that criminals.break.the.law. But what should be expected from, officially, the least educated state? That's right, three toothed Jethro southern states rank, educationally, above California. Google that and enjoy. By the way, before you bash Arizona, or the other 22 states with similar immigration law's

    September 9, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I think it deters a lot of people from committing murder actually.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nancy

    Plea bargain to avoid the death penalty? These monsters need to be executed. It has been proven that they cannot be rehabilitated.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Call your state legislators and congressmen today and tell them that you want a bill that provides for the plethysmograph testing of ANY male who works with or anywhere near children. And that if they're found to be attracted to children, they'll have to find another field to work in or another place to work. And if they're found to be attracted to children and have children in the home, the Department of Human Services will have to do an intervention to make sure nothing abusive is happening and educate to make sure that nothing abusive does happen.

      September 9, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. OBAMA

    No matter how many law's you pass nor the penalty increased, dead is dead. Commit murder and the penalty is state sanctioned murder, which has deterred no one from committing murder. This is the same political hyperbole as "hate"crimes ( as opposed to the normal "I really don't like you" crimes). Gun crimes still occur, the continuing legislation simply makes it harder for an honest citizen to protect themselves. Illegally entering the California is illegal, yet there are numerous law's against it. Here's to hoping this is one law California enforces this law. One day it will occur to you idiot's in California that criminals.break.the.law. But what should be expected from, officially, the least educated state? You are ranked number 50. That's right, three toothed Jethro southern states rank, educationally, above California. Google that and enjoy. By the way, before you bash Arizona or the other 22 states with similar immigration law's make sure it wasn't in your Californian penal code....for decades. Arizona, and the other 22 states, seems to only have copied your immigration law, word for word. This also means that your mayor's, past and present, are very guilty of multiple felonies. Wait until this hits the news. Enjoy your third world whooping cough and thank your oh so dirty and uneducated, criminal, illegal aliens. CA. Penal Code 833-851.90. Talk about hypocrisy. I still mourn those 3 San Diego deputy sheriff's who were beheaded by illegal mexican's, which your wonderfully ignorant state refused to report in 2006. Enjoy your 500 million dollar high school as you continue firing police, fire, and EMT's.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. WE43

    No matter how many laws are passed when Plea Deals keep these monsters alive and in jail then the crimes will keep happening. Start killing these guilty monsters and hopefully anyone else thinking of committing these crimes will think twice and not do them. There are too many Plea Bargains in the justice system that should not be there to begin with.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. kwreader

    it's curious how the most right-wing commenters here have the worst spelling and grammar. It's like they lack even a basic education, and just repeat what Faux News and Sarah "refudiate" Palin tells them...

    Gee, what a surprise.

    September 9, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. scroo yoo

    I have no pity for the life of a child rapist,and I think execution is being too easy on them.They should have their limbs wrecked and forced to live life as a quadriplegic.

    I dont care if one of these guys,If released,goes on to invent a machine that turns garbage into gold and blows you at the same time.I would still have them executed as soon as enough proof existed to convict them.

    pedos are worth less than worthless

    September 9, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Call your local legislators and the congressmen/women for your state today and tell them that you want a bill that provides for the plethysmograph testing of ANY male who works with or anywhere near children. And that if they're found to be attracted to children, they'll have to find another field to work in or another place to work. And if they're found to be attracted to children and have children in the home, the Department of Human Services will have to do an intervention to make sure nothing abusive is happening and educate to make sure that nothing abusive does happen.

      September 9, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    This really should not be political, but until the punishment fits the crime it will continue. These people are not afraid of what will happen if they are convicted. No new laws have been past that deters these freaks that ruin the life of the innocent and in the end the innocent are the ones that suffer their whole lives.

    September 9, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Paul

    OMG..all we need is another law to protect our kids or anyone else. This country is so over regulated..awful. The age of consent in Europe is 15, they can drink at 16..we live with archaec laws..time to move into the 20th century.

    September 9, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. HELP

    Hey guys, will you visit SaveStan.ORG a man with 4 young babies is fighting for his life……… Thanks

    September 9, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. danny

    This is California, he will be out in ten years and sent to another state because California can not afford to house him for that long.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kev

    Yeah it's sad that people applaud knee-jerk reactions like this one. If the current laws and parole guidelines were used it would be more than adequate. Instead it has become fashionable for people to devote their lives to meaningless laws named after the victims rather than deal with their grief in a conventional fashion. Good luck with that.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. danny

    I wonder how many times this guy voted vor nancy.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Logic101

    I am new to this commenting biz, but find it interesting that so many comments on so many articles drift so far from what the article is about. In this case, I do not agree these laws are politically motivated, but do agree they are motivated by emotion and by a desire to do something that makes a difference and at the same time honors the child involved. And while changing laws may not work, that is subject to opinion , the Amber Alert has saved children. And if even one child has been saved from abduction then the effort and emotion was ALL worth it. As to the death penalty, even one death done in error makes us, you and me, as society no better than the murderers. As to pedophiles, I do not think they can be rehabilitated and should serve for life. Period. To Chelsea's family and her community , my condolences.

    September 9, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      If you really want to do something that actually does make a difference, call your local legislators and the congressmen/women for your state today and tell them that you want a bill that provides for the plethysmograph testing of ANY male who works with or anywhere near children. And that if they're found to be attracted to children, they'll have to find another field to work in or another place to work. And if they're found to be attracted to children and have children in the home, the Department of Human Services will have to do an intervention to make sure nothing abusive is happening and educate to make sure that nothing abusive does happen.

      September 9, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
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