ANNAPOLIS - Gov. Parris Glendening signed into law Thursday tougher sex offender penalties aimed at preventing incidents like the one that ended in the death of a 9-year-old Frederick boy.
Under the new law, repeat violent sex offenders can be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, sponsored the law in memory of Christopher Ausherman, who was sexually assaulted and strangled by Elmer Spencer Jr. in November 2000. Spencer was released from prison five days before he killed the boy.
"For me this is a wonderful victory. It's taken me several years to get the General Assembly to recognize that we had serious problems in how we deal with repeat violent sexual offenders," Hecht said.