Slain Teen’s Dad Wants Tough Law Against Violent Sex Offenders In Illinois

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — The FBI is honoring a Naperville man Friday, presenting him with the Director’s Community Leadership Award for taking a tragedy and using it as a vehicle for change.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, two years ago, Chelsea King was about to start her life as a young adult.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports

Chelsea’s father, Brent King, called her a “remarkable daughter; one that everybody wishes they would have; a 17-year-old senior in high school, had applied to 13 colleges; accepted to all 13.”

Chelsea was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed while jogging near her home in San Diego in February of 2010.

The FBI says Brent King worked to help find his daughter’s killer, who turned out to be a registered sex offender. John Gardner had been imprisoned a decade ago for molesting his 13-year-old neighbor, but served only five years, despite a psychiatrist’s warning that he was still a dangerous predator, CBS News reported.

After confessing to the attack on Chelsea, Gardner also led authorities to the body of 14-year-old Amber Dubois, who had been missing since 2009. He is now serving a life sentence for the murders.

Afterward, Brent King and his wife, Kelly, successfully pushed for Chelsea’s Law in California.

Then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the law in September 2010.

But King says part of that law, which calls for monitoring convicted sexual predators once they’re out of prison, is not being funded.

“(California) Governor (Jerry) Brown is finding a way to fund a bullet train for a billion dollars, and he can’t find a way to fund this law this year,” King said.

King says he’d like to work to bring something similar to Chelsea’s Law to Illinois.

At first, King says he was reluctant to push for the law in Illinois, where the family now lives. His reluctance was out of concern for his 15-year-old son, knowing what a family commitment it would be.

“He’s now asked me, ‘When are we going to get Chelsea’s Law in Illinois? They need it,’” King said. “So that’s why I’m starting this process now.”

Click here to learn about Brent and Kelly King’s foundation, Chelsea’s Light.

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  • Just Axin

    Good for the dad for doing something, but when something tragic occurs, there never appears to be a push to make sure these POS get stiff sentences and actually serve them.

  • Afro

    Monitoring them after they get out? Why the hell are they getting out!!!!! Leave them in prison so they can molest each other or kill them! This country is going to hell! We don’t need more laws just enforce and strengthen the ones we have.

  • greg

    => Click here to watch the video

  • Realreform

    Don’t people realize that a large percentage of sexual offenders never hurt anyone at all? Many of them were 18 or 19 and had a consensual relationship with a 16 year old or so decades ago, or chatted on the internet with someone posing as a minor, or downloaded a pic of a teen on kazaa or limewire, or urinated in public, or streaked in college, or received a “sext” from their teen girlfriend, or prostituted or picked one up, or had oral or anal sex which is a felonly in any southern state or some other crime where there was no victim at all whatsoever.

    Not even the 20,000-30,000 plus former murderers released every year and former islamic terrorist attempted bombers have residency restrictions or have to reregister on any form of online internet registry or face this type of scrutiny.

    Violent sexual offenders like Phillip Garrido and John Gardner and John Couey loved that the registy has a million petty nonviolent sexual offenders so they could hide out amongst them to stay under the radar and slip through the cracks to strike again. These laws should only be focused on real young child molesters and forcible rapists and kidnappers and murderers who have a real victim, but they are not. Only violent sexual offenders should be monitored or on this registry in the first place. A large proportion of “sexual offenders” have never hurt anyone. The state needs to stop harassing them and let them raise their family in dignity like everyone else is allowed to. Most of them just made a mistake as a young man and would like to lead a good life but the state won’t let them.

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