Governor ceremonially signs juvenile sex offender bill

Governor ceremonially signs juvenile sex offender bill
Governor Kay Ivey put her signature on a bill which will require each school district to come up with rules on how to deal with juvenile sex offenders. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Monday, Gov. Kay Ivey put her signature on a score of legislation. Although the signing was just for the camera (the laws were already signed in private about a month ago), it still had a special meaning for the Cook family.

"Amazing, it was the biggest blessing for us to experience this today," Kristina Cook said.

Ivey put her signature on a bill that will require each school district to come up with rules on how to deal with juvenile sex offenders. The bill came after the Cooks' first grade daughter was sexually assaulted by an eighth grader. The eighth grader was convicted of a sex crime, but, according to the Cooks, was back in class one year later without much oversight, because of a lack of school district policy.

"I just hope that no one has to go through the experience that we did to get a law in place to get people to do the right thing," Cook said.

Some of the policies from school districts will be determined based on how likely the court deems the offender is to re-offend.

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