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Missouri legislators offer amendment for child sex abuse cases

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

An amendment proposed for Missouri's November ballot could make it easier to prosecute sex offenders.

Members of the state prosecutors and sheriffs associations spent the day in Jefferson City highlighting how the amendment would work.

They say it all comes down to allowing the use of evidence from prior cases involving sex crimes against children.

That would encompass all cases, even those not that did not end up in convictions.

Prosecutors say the state's constitution is one of toughest against the use of this type of evidence.

In child sex abuses cases, though they say the suspect's past could make a difference.

"Look at it from a jurors perspective," Stoddard County Prosecutor Russ Oliver said. "If you were on a jury, would you want to know that a person has this propensity to perpetrate against children."

Supporters say the amendment is similar to what the federal government and other states use.

Missouri voters can expect to see the measure on the November ballot.

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