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Rape Victim's Efforts Spark Action

"I'm begging ya'll. I'll give you anything. Please don't let him out! please," said Allison Black Cornelius as she begged the parole board to keep her former Sunday school teacher behind bars for raping her when she was only seven years old.

Allison said, "Leon Prince doesn't just rape you, he tortures you."

Last year, Prince was released for good behavior. The Department of Public Safety did not make him register as a sex offender. "This is an example of the failure of the system," said Allison.

This month, Allison alerted officials Prince was once again working with children, this time as a volunteer at the Mount Meigs Youth Detention Facility. "I approach my job, yes as the attorney general, but before I became Attorney General, I was a daddy," said Attorney General Troy King.

King calls Prince "the greatest beneficiary of human error." Prince was convicted of carnal knowledge; that crime has now been renamed. That coupled with some mistakes, King says, allowed Prince to skirt the law. "Leon Prince was able to skate into every loophole," said King.

Now King says, Prince should be required to register as a sex offender. "If you are convicted of a crime that is a crime in Alabama, you are subject to the registration," explains King.

It's not just prince. King's office has sent a letter to the Department of Corrections requesting a list of every released criminal convicted of a crime that has been renamed. He says, "We're now taking steps not just to identify Leon Prince, but to identify anyone else who may be similarly situated."

King doesn't know how many people that could be, but he credits Allison for finding a weakness in the system. He says her efforts will make a difference for generations to come. "Because of her courage, because of her tenacity, Allison Black is not going to be the person who is protected in our state, but generations of children behind her will be protected from the horrific abuses she and others suffered," he said.

Prince has been sent a letter instructing him to register. He has 20 days to request a hearing challenging the registration requirement. If he waives the hearing or doesn't request one in the time allotted, his information will be posted to the sex offenders registry.

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