Texas House Approves Death Penalty for Hardcore Repeat Offenders

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Hardcore child molesters could face the death penalty in Texas under a bill given preliminary approval by the state House of Representatives.

The bill is designed to crack down on sex offenders who repeatedly prey on children.

The House voted yesterday to create a new category of crime - continual sexual abuse of a young child or children. It carries a minimum of 25 years to life in prison and possibly the death penalty for a second offense.

The bill represented a compromise after the House delayed voting on a broader death penalty provision. They had constitutional concerns and worries it might lead some molesters to kill their victims.

The bill is named Jessica's Law after Jessica Lunsford --- a Florida girl who was abducted and killed.

The Texas version would make the Lone Star State the sixth to allow some child sex offenders to be sentenced to death.