Lawmakers Back Scaled-Down GPS Tracking For Sex Offenders

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Denver (AP) State lawmakers backed a bill Wednesday requiring violent sex offenders to wear GPS tracking devices. The vote followed emotional testimony from the father of a Florida girl who was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender in 2005.

Mark Lunsford told the House Judiciary Committee how he saw the fingers of his 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, poking through the plastic bag she was buried alive in and how she must have been struggling to get some air.

He said his daughter's killer kidnapped her from her bedroom three months after his GPS device was removed by authorities.

Lawmakers agreed to change the bill to only require sexually violent predators to be tracked with GPS. There are 91 sexually violent predators living in Colorado and several hundred more in prison that the bill would apply to.

There are already 50 offenders who are already being monitored by GPS because they considered to be the most high risk. It's not clear how much overlap there would be between the two groups.

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