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Bill pre-filed to end limitation on charging child predators

Posted: December 2, 2011 - 3:39pm  |  Updated: December 7, 2011 - 1:06am

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Area radio personality Scott Hudson tried four years ago to seek punishment for a man he said molested him as a child.

Hudson, who works part-time with WGAC and also co-owns Cheers Wine and Beverage in Augusta, said he called Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle.

Though Whittle substantiated his claims, Hudson said, the statute of limitations had long since passed, leaving authorities powerless to pursue criminal charges.

Shocked and infuriated, Hudson said he turned to state Reps. Ben Harbin, Lee Anderson and Barbara Sims for help.

Thursday, Harbin pre-filed House Bill 676, which would eliminate the statute of limitations on crimes committed by sexual predators of children.

“The recent events at Penn State and Syracuse University have strengthened my resolve to move this bill quickly through the (state) House and Senate, as the current seven-year statute of limitations on reporting acts of molestation makes Georgia a prime hunting ground for those who would prey on our children,” Harbin said in a press release.

“I, for one, will not stand idly by and allow monsters to go unpunished because of a technicality.”

Hudson said he recently received assurances from Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle that they would support the bill.

Molested by a family friend and Baptist minister at age 12, Hudson, 40, said he had moved on with his life.

But in 2007, while covering the arrest and eventual conviction of child molester Edward F. Meloan, the former chairman of the North Augusta Planning Commission, Hudson said he felt compelled to seek justice.

The first Meloan accuser said he came forward, though years later, because he felt he had aided Meloan’s crimes by not speaking out.

Hudson said he started to feel the same.

“I know (child sexual abuse) doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” Hudson said. “They do not stop until they’re caught.”

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Craig Spinks

Child Abuse Bill

KUDOS to Scott and Ben for pushing this issue. Time can't obviate The People's duty to protect our children.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

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